August 14, 2016: The ambassador of Pakistan to France Mr. Moin ul Haque has said that people of Pakistan are its biggest and the most valuable asset and it is because of their resilience that despite immense difficulties the country is on its way to peace, prosperity, economic development and a strong hope of bright future. He was addressing the flag hoisting ceremony of 69th Independence Day of Pakistan in the Embassy of Pakistan here this morning. Explaining various steps the government was taking to strengthen the economy, he said that by providing necessary infrastructure including number of energy projects in order to enable industry to move ahead, the government was making its best efforts to secure bright future for its coming generations. He, particularly mentioned CPEC which, he said had all the potential of being a game changer not only for Pakistan but for the whole region by opening immense opportunities for enhanced economic activity.
He said that terrorism in Pakistan was being fast driven to its final destiny and now it is only a matter of time that the country will be back to normalcy, free of this menace. He said that decisive response of our people and security agencies has eliminated the safe havens for terrorists and their facilitators. He further said that incidents like Quetta are desperate and cowardly acts of the retreating enemy. He thanked French President for expressing solidarity on behalf of French people with the victims of Quetta blast and condemning this act of terrorism. The Ambassador expressed that it was an evidence that the world had realized that Pakistan itself was a victim of terrorism and that a unified response was needed to eliminate it.
He said that the government of Pakistan recognizes the role and importance of overseas Pakistanis in the uplift of economy and movement towards development of the country and that it gives top priority to addressing their problems. The Mission aims to look after them in every possible way, he said. He announced to grant Jinnah Scholarship in studies for outstanding young Pakistanis living in France.
Earlier, he hoisted the National Flag as National Anthem was played. The messages of the President and the Prime Minister issued for the occasion were read out. Apart from large number of Pakistanis living in Paris, their families and children and women, Member Punjab Provincial Assembly, Mr. Ameer Mohammad Khan also attended the ceremony. A group of children presented “jeeway jeeway Pakistan” ‘milli naghma’. The officers and staff of the Mission and their families were also present. A reception was also hosted by the Mission for attending guests.