March 23, 2016, Paris: The ambassador of Pakistan to France, Mr. Ghalib Iqbal has asked Pakistani Community in France to invest liberally in their home country by taking advantage of opportunities offered by the Government of Pakistan as well as European Union. He was addressing the flag hoisting ceremony on the occasion of Independence Day of Pakistan here this morning. He said that due to the improvement of bi-lateral investment and trade environment, the efforts of the Mission and participation of Pakistani Community in France, the volume of trade between Pakistan and France has increased by 13% in the last one year. A Special guest Raja Shaukat Aziz Bhatti, Member of Punjab Provincial Assembly also spoke on the occasion.
Speaking about Pakistan’s war on terror the ambassador said that people of Pakistan have become a symbol of resistance against terrorism by virtue of their bravery, persistence and resilience which they exhibited during years of their struggle. He asked Pakistani Community to become part of mainstream life of their host country so that they could put themselves in a vantage position to represent Pakistan in a meaningful way. He appreciated the community for their cooperation with the Mission in all circumstances and assured that the Mission will stand by them in any difficulty.
Raja Shaukat Aziz Bhatti, MPA Punjab Assembly said in his speech that Foreign Remittances sent home by Pakistani expatriates have been providing much needed relief to the foreign exchange reserves at home. At many difficult moments in our economic history, these remittances have played the role of oxygen to the country, therefore the Government places them at very high place and feels itself committed to solve their problems on top priority. He said that the present Government was giving high priority to protect the rights of women and giving them equal opportunities in all walks of life. He further said that the Government was going all out for the completion of CPEC, which is the future of Pakistan and will prove to be a game changer for the whole region.
Earlier, the ambassador hoisted the National Flag while National Anthem was played. Mr. Ammar Amin, Head of Chancellery read out the messages of the President and the Prime Minister of Pakistan for the people of Pakistan issued on this occasion.
The members of Pakistani Community in large numbers and the officers and the staff of the embassy attended the ceremony.
On this occasion, a nine member delegation of disabled persons from Pakistan arrived in Paris and participated in the ceremony. This delegation is in France to attend a four yearly skill competition held in French city of Bordeaux. The delegation met the ambassador and the members of the community.
Later in the evening, the ambassador host a reception for diplomatic community. Senator Pascal Allizard, chairman Pak-France Friendship Group in French Senate was the Chief Guest, who cut the cake along with the ambassador to mark the occasion. Apart from him, Senators Cyril Pellevat and Jacky Deromedi, the members of Pak-France Friendship Group in French Senate also attended the reception and cake cutting ceremony. The reception was also attended by diplomats, intellectuals, researchers, members of French Media, scholars and others, apart from the officers of the Mission.