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Let’s work together for regional peace, Pakistan envoy urges India

Acting high commissioner Syed Haider Shah urged India to work together with Pakistan for a peaceful subcontinent.

india Updated: Aug 14, 2017 14:29 IST
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Indian and Pakistani military officials exchange sweets at the Wagah-Attari border on Pakistan’s independence day on Monday. (ANI Twitter)

Pakistan on Monday celebrated 70 years of independence at its High Commission in New Delhi, as acting high commissioner Syed Haider Shah urged New Delhi to work together with Islamabad for a peaceful subcontinent.

Shah hoisted his country’s flag to the tunes of the Pakistan national anthem, as dignitaries and other people joined in the celebrations.

Shah read out messages sent by President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, a PTI report said.

“Terrorism is the biggest challenge confronting the world in the 21st century,” Abbasi said in the message, asserting that Pakistan has been fighting against this menace and working towards world peace.

Students of the Pakistan High Commission School presented a medley of songs.

“The way Pakistan is celebrating its independence, we also congratulate the people of India for the independence of their country and we hope there will be peace in this region and both our countries, in fact all the others in this region, will work together for the creation of a peaceful region,” Shah told ANI.

Palwasha Haider, wife of the acting high commissioner, gave away prizes and gifts to the teachers and children of the school.

Pakistan was created out of a partitioned Indian subcontinent on August 14, 1947. It came into existence as a result of the Pakistan Movement, which aimed for the creation of a separate Muslim state by partition of the north-western and north-eastern regions of undivided India. The movement was led by the All-India Muslim League under the leadership of Muhammad Ali Jinnah.

Meanwhile, sweets were exchanged at the Wagah-Attari border near Amritsar on Monday on the occasion of Pakistan’s independence day.

Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa hoisted the largest national flag in the history of Pakistan.

The 120 feet by 80 feet flag was hoisted on a 400-feet pole, making it the highest in South Asia and the eight highest in the world.

First Published: Aug 14, 2017 14:28 IST