The High Commission of Pakistan, Singapore, celebrated the 73rd Independence Day of Pakistan today, with traditional fervor and national spirit. A cross section of Singaporean society attended the ceremony at the High Commission. Independence Day messages of the President and the Prime Minister were read out on the occasion.
Addressing the gathering, High Commissioner Ms. Rukhsana Afzaal highlighted the importance attached by Pakistan to its relations with Singapore. She complimented Pakistani diaspora for its contribution to building mutually beneficial relations between the two countries. She expressed the confidence that the Pakistani community in Singapore would continue playing its role in bringing the two countries and their people closer together.
The High Commissioner also briefed the gathering on recent abrogation of Article 370 by India, downgrading the State of Jammu and Kashmir to a Union Territory, in an open breach of UN Resolutions and international law. She observed that the unilateral decision of the Indian government was aimed at undermining the internationally recognized disputed status of Jammu and Kashmir. She also informed the guests about the ongoing efforts of the Government of Pakistan to internationalize Kashmir dispute and to put pressure on India to step back and de-escalate.
In the end, a collective prayer was held for Pakistan’s continued progress and prosperity and a just and peaceful settlement of Kashmir dispute, as per the aspirations of the people of the valley, for lasting peace in the region.