Pakistan’s 75th Republic Day celebrated in Canberra

BYYasir Rehman


Pakistan’s 75th Republic Day was celebrated in Australian capital Canberra on Friday 22nd March.

To commemorate Pakistan Day, an Iftar reception was hosted at the Pakistan High Commission. The reception commenced with the national anthems of Pakistan and Australia played by the Australian Royal Military College Band. 

Chief of Protocol Arthur Spyrou expressed best wishes for the government and the people of Pakistan. High Commissioner for Pakistan Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri also conveyed the best wishes to the King and the people of Australia. 

The Iftar dinner was attended by senior Australian government officials, parliamentarians, dignitaries, think-tanks, members of the diplomatic corps, media, and the Pakistani community.

Highlighting the significance of the National Day, the High Commissioner paid rich tribute to the founding fathers of Pakistan for their visionary leadership and determination. He also paid tribute to all those who made huge sacrifices, including the ultimate sacrifice of laying their lives, to make the dream of Pakistan a reality. 

The High Commissioner stated that since independence, Pakistan had undergone remarkable transformation and development. Highlighting the country’s investment potential, he added that with an expanding economy, growing middle class, and young population, Pakistan offered enormous opportunities for domestic and foreign investors.

Mentioning its snow peaked mountains, beautiful beaches, fertile plains, and bustling cities, the High Commissioner stated that Pakistan is a land of rich history, diverse culture, and dynamic people. He invited the guests to explore the business opportunities, enjoy the beautiful landscape, and experience the cultural diversity of Pakistan.

The High Commissioner also highlighted the close and friendly relations between Pakistan and Australia. He appreciated the close cooperation between the two countries, especially in the areas of trade and investment, education, agriculture, water management, and people-to-people linkages.

He also commended the role of Pakistani Diaspora in Australia which was contributing to the socio-economic development and projection of the soft image of Pakistan.

Highlighting the rich cultural heritage of Pakistan, a short documentary titled ‘Emerging Pakistan’ was also screened at the event. 

The Australian Military Band also played traditional Pakistani Mili Naghmas at the event.

Traditional Pakistani cuisine was served for Iftar and dinner.

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