Musharraf marks Pakistan’s Independence Day

August 15, 2011

DUBAI: The former president of Pakistan, Pervez Musharraf, hosted a celebration marking the country’s Independence Day in Dubai yesterday.

The event was one of many taking place across the Emirates as expatriates celebrated in low-key fashion due to Ramadan.

More than 2,500 guests attended the function in the Dubai World Trade Centre where they listened to a short speech.

“Today isn’t about me and it isn’t about my political party, this is Pakistan’s day,” said Mr Musharraf. “Today is a happy day. Today all Pakistanis should remember Quaid-e-Azam [Pakistan’s founder Muhammed Ali Jinnah] and August 14, 1947.”

He said he remembered the birth of the nation vividly and recalled a train journey from his place of birth in the Indian city of Delhi to Karachi a few days before partition.

And upon his arrival he saw thousands of people at the station. “Everybody was crying and on that day I thought that was what freedom meant.”

Quoting a speech by Mr Jinnah he said the first duties of a government were to maintain law and order, tackle corruption and black marketeers, improve religious tolerance and end nepotism and poverty. He said none of these were being carried out by Pakistan’s current leadership.

“There are religious and ethnic difficulties but there should not be,” he said. “It should not matter if you are from Baluchistan, Sindh or Punjab. We are all Pakistanis,” he added.

“There should be no religious intolerance inside Pakistan and it shouldn’t matter if you are Sikh, Muslim, Christian or Hindu.”

He added that he planned to return to Pakistan on March 23.

Dozens of Pakistani expatriates gathered at the country’s embassy in Abu Dhabi and consulate in Dubai to view flag-raising ceremonies yesterday morning.

Other members 250

of the community decided to celebrate a day earlier. The Pakistan Association Dubai (PAD) held a celebratory iftar on Saturday.

Rizwan Fancy, a community welfare officer at PAD, said: “We held a small iftar event on Saturday to celebrate Independence Day. It was held in the PAD centre and we had about 150 people take part.

“There was a speech and lecture about what Independence Day means to Pakistanis and how important it is to work to help improve the situation there.”

He said the celebrations were less exuberant compared with previous years due to the holy month.

“Prayers were said and after we had opened our fasts we brought out a cake to celebrate Pakistan Day.

“We are all expatriates in this country so our home is Pakistan and we want to work so it is a good and stable country,” Mr Fancy added.

Source: The National


One comment

  1. Deae sir
    I am not involved in any party political movement or support of any party but i feel out of the current leaders that rule pakistan or that are paksitan or foriegn based Mr Mushraff is the best and least corrupt.
    Pakistan needs No elections for at least 15 -20 years and it should spend the resources on education of the masses.
    If you have 80% educated people then you can have democracy but with less then 20% educated people and rest blady idiots how can you have Free and fair elections.
    Long LIve Musharaff.

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