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Nevin Al Sukari - Abu Dhabi - Burj Khalifa lights up in Pakistani colours in Dubai.
Jamil Khan, Senior Reporter
Dubai marked and celebrated Pakistan Day on Tuesday with the world’s tallest skyscraper Burj Khalifa displaying the colours of the Pakistan flag.
Burj Khalifa’s Twitter account wrote, “Burj Khalifa commemorates Pakistan Day, wishing the people of Pakistan peace and growth.”
UAE President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan has sent a message of congratulations to President Arif Alvi of Pakistan on the occasion of his country's National Day, which is known as Pakistan Day.
While emphasizing on the need for all to stand united, disciplined and committed to face every challenge that comes in way to progress, he urged Pakistanis in UAE to demonstrate utmost responsibility and commitment towards development of UAE while serving our own country.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai; and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, also sent similar messages to President Alvi, as well as to Imran Khan, Prime Minister of Pakistan, on the occasion.
In the time of COVID-19 with its all SOPs implementation, the Pakistani community and officials observed 81st Pakistan Day with simplicity throughout the UAE.
The major event in this regard was held in Pakistan Embassy in Abu Dhabi and inaugurated by Ambassador of Pakistan, Afzaal Mahmood with flag hoisting and playing of National Anthem. Messages of the President, Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Pakistan were read out on the occasion.
The Ambassador extended greetings to fellow Pakistanis in the UAE on the occasion of Pakistan Day and said that this is the day on which in 1940 our elders decided to demand a separate homeland where they could lead lives according to their aspirations. The dream came true within a few years when Pakistan emerged on the world map as an independent state on 14 August 1947. "We also pay homage to Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and the martyrs of Pakistan Movement who laid their lives to secure a better future for us”, he added.
While acknowledging the contribution made by Overseas Pakistanis towards progress and prosperity of Pakistan, the Ambassador said that Overseas Pakistanis are a bridge between two brotherly countries. "We encourage them to educate both sides on the potential for joint trade, investment and tourism opportunities which can be explored and exploited in our mutual interest”, said the Ambassador.
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