LONDON: Alike other cities in the UK, the Pakistani diaspora along with local community celebrated71st Independence Day in Waltham Forest, east London. Under the auspices of Waltham Forest Council and in association with Pakistani community, an impressive ceremony of flag hoisting and an event to mark the celebrations were held at Council’s building on Tuesday, (14th August).
The senior diplomat and former Pak ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Mr. Manzoorul Haq was the chief guest of the event. He had been the Head of Chancerry, at Pakistan High Commission in London.
Speaking on the occasion Manzoorul Haq said that such exuberant celebrations here show that no matter where we are, our hearts beats with our homeland. He talked about the importance of freedom and prayed for the people Kashmir who are struggling for this cause for over 70 years now.
He also addressed various issues relevant to the Pakistani community in the UK and shared his feelings and sentiments while was stationed here. He emphasized on the importance of quality education and promised full cooperation with the community in this regard.
He also assured the community that the embassy would lend complete support to the expats who are relocating to Pakistan and said that the issue of hiked visit visa fee is being discussed with authorities.
Referring the history of the country, Manzoorul Haq said that the name Pakistan is said to derive from the Urdu word Paak meaning “pure” and stan meaning “land” or “place”. With so many diverse cultures in one nation, everyone marks Pakistan Independence in their own special way.”
Waltham Forest Mayor Cllr Sally Littlejohn, Cllr. Liaquat Ali MBE, Cllr. Masood Khan, Cllr. Raja Anwar, former diplomat Salis Kayani, Ch. Shokat Ali and other distinguished personalities spoke at the occasion and shed the light on the significance and importance of the event. Earlier, Pakistan’s national flag was hoisted and national anthem of Pakistan and Great Britain were played.