Pakistan community in Sri Lanka celebrates 78th National Day

Bryan Strickland
March 25, 2018

For the first time, senior Indian military officials and diplomats posted here attended the military parade to mark the Pakistan Day, a media report said on Friday, claiming that the initiative of the Pakistan Army chief was to send a message of peace to New Delhi.

In his brief address on the occasion, he said Pakistan desired to have peaceful relations with India on the basis of sovereign equality and mutual respect and it was important for the two countries to resolve all outstanding issues, including Jammu and Kashmir, through dialogue.

Pakistan Day commemorates the passing of the famous Lahore Resolution on March 23, 1940, when the All-India Muslim League demanded a separate homeland for the Muslims of British India.

The Acting High Commissioner also extended honest greetings and best wishes on behalf of the Government and people of Pakistan to the Government and people of Sri Lanka for the continued progress, peace, national unity, reconciliation and harmony in the years ahead. "But our commitment towards peace should not be mistaken as our weakness", he said, further accusing India of repeatedly breaching the ceasefire violation at the Line of Control.

Sri Lanka's visiting president Maithripala Sirisena on Friday met Pakistan's prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and expressed support for organising SAARC summit in Pakistan, according to an official statement.

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He paid tribute to the founders of the nation for their efforts for the creation of Pakistan, and emphasised the importance of peace and stability for the country's progress.

He said that Pakistan had been playing a vital role for the global peace and rendering commendable services from the United Nations platform for it.

Pakistan and India have tensed relations and they have fought two of their three wars over Kashmir.

He lauded not only Pakistan's positive role in multilateral organizations like UNO and OIC but also the enormous sacrifices Pakistan has made in the fight against terrorism. The parade also included troops of Frontier Force Regiment, Northern Light Infantry Regiment, Mujahid Battalion, Tri Services Lady Officers, Tri Services Armed Forces Nursing Services, Special Services Group, and President Bodyguards. Rt Honourable, Mr Nanda Bahadur Pun, Vice President of Nepal was the Chief Guest.

Besides district police, the special branch, Elite Force, and the Dolphin Force personnel would also perform their security duties on the Pakistan Day.

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