PR. NO.187
PRESS RELEASE

Islamabad
August 14, 2010

Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani has expressed his deep grief over the sad demise of the mother of Mr. Hussain Haqqani, Pakistan’s Ambassador in USA

In his condolence message to the bereaved family, the Prime Minister prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant fortitude and courage to the members of her family to bear this irreparable loss.

**PMMO/Ahmad**


PR. NO.188
PRESS RELEASE

Enthusiastic Observance of Independence Day of Pakistan at  Pakistan  High Commission  in Malaysia

Islamabad
August 14, 2010

The 63rd anniversary of Independence day of Pakistan was celebrated with national fervor and enthusiasm at the High Commission for Pakistan in Malaysia in a simple but impressive ceremony attended by a large number of Pakistani community, says a press release received here today from Malaysia.

The function commenced with hoisting of the National Flag by the High Commissioner for Pakistan in Malaysia, Mr. Masood Khalid to the accompaniment of national anthem.

The messages of President and the Prime Minister were read out by him on this auspicious occasion.

Speaking on the occasion, the High Commissioner highlighted the significance of the  Independence Day and said that like every year, today we pledge to put our heart and soul together to make Pakistan a strong and stable nation “There is a need to work hard and make collective efforts to transform Pakistan into a modern, progressive and tolerant society”, he added.

He said that this year we are also saddened as the unprecedented floods in Pakistan had displaced more than 14 million people which include 1.4 million children, had destroyed about seven hundred thousands houses, and had killed more than 1600 people. The reconstruction process will require billions of dollars for restoration of roads, bridges, communication infrastructure and water channels.

He urged the Pakistani Community in Malaysia to come forward and generously provide  humanitarian assistance for the flood affectees in Pakistan to help Government of Pakistan in its efforts to provide shelter, food, safe drinking water and medicines to the flood affectees.

The High Commissioner said that every Pakistani living in Malaysia was the Ambassador of Pakistan, and it was obligatory on each of them to work for the strength and prosperity of this land. “your good conduct with the local people will boost the image of Pakistan, he added.

He also urged the Pakistani community to work together with their Malaysian brethren to transform existing close relations between the two Muslim brotherly countries into better economic relations.

Mr. Masood Khalid said that Pakistan and Malaysia share similar perceptions on international and bilateral issues and hoped that these ties of friendship will be further strengthened by increased economic, industrial and trade cooperation between the two countries.

A representative of the Pakistan community paid rich tributes to the Father of the Nation Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and the leaders of the freedom struggle.

**QB/Ahmad**


PR. NO.189
PRESS RELEASE

64th Independence Day observed

Islamabad
August 14, 2010

64th Independence Day of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan was celebrated at the Pakistan Embassy here this morning with solemnity. At a graceful flag hosting ceremony, national anthem was played and Ambassador of Pakistan to China, Masood Khan read out the messages of the President and the Prime Minister of Pakistan. Children from Pakistan Embassy College Beijing presented national songs on the occasion. In compliance with the decision of the government, keeping in view the devastation caused by recent floods, the ceremony was held in a simple manner, says a press release received here today from Beijing, China.

The Ambassador informed the Pakistani community present on the occasion about the devastation caused by recent floods and launched an appeal for the urgently needed relief assistance for the flood affectees.

A large number of Pakistanis living in Beijing, officers and officials of the Embassy, their families and other distinguished guests attended the ceremony.

**DG/Ahmad**


PR. NO.190
PRESS RELEASE

INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATED AT PAKISTAN EMBASSY KABUL

Islamabad
August 14, 2010

The 64th Pakistan Independence Day was celebrated at the premises of Embassy of Pakistan, Kabul in a simple and graceful manner, says a press release received here today from Kabul, Afghanistan.

The ceremony was inaugurated with recitation from the Holy Quran followed by playing of National Anthem and flag hoisting by Charge d’ Affaires Mansoor Ahmad Khan. The Independence Day messages of the President and the Prime Minister of Pakistan were read out.

Speaking on the occasion, Charge d’ Affaires Mansoor Ahmad Khan urged the Embassy officers, staff and Pakistan community in Kabul to renew their commitment to serve their country. He urged them to realize the value of the gift of independence bestowed by Almighty Allah on Muslims of South Asia. He impressed upon them to maintain the spirit of independence and pursue the cherished objectives of our forefathers. He emphasized that to achieve these objectives and goals every individual has to play his part with dedication and commitment to make Pakistan stronger and prosperous.

Charge d’ Affaires said that at this year’s Independence Day, the nation was suffering from devastation caused by heavy floods. He urged the members of Pakistan community to express solidarity with the affected people and extend all possible assistance to them in this hour of need.

**GMK/Ahmad**


PR. NO.191
PRESS RELEASE

INDEPENDENCE
DAY CELEBRATIONS
Islamabad
August 14, 2010

A flag hoisting ceremony to celebrate the 64th Independence Day was held at Pakistan Embassy here this morning. The Ambassador of Pakistan to Germany Mr. Shahid Kamal hoisted the National Flag with National anthem playing in the background. It was largely attended by Pakistani community residing in Berlin and its suburban areas and the officials of the Embassy.

The Ambassador read out Independence Day messages of the President of Pakistan Mr. Asif Ali Zardari and the Prime Minister, Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani. In their separate messages they expressed their resolve to meet the challenges of unprecedented floods and terrorism threats bravely and lead the nation towards a better tomorrow.  They saluted the courage and heroism of flood victims and assured them that the government would do everything possible to alleviate their sufferings as quickly as possible.

Addressing the participants of the ceremony, the Ambassador congratulated the Pakistani community residing in Germany on this auspicious occasion. He drew their attention towards the plight of 15 million people who have been affected badly in the unprecedented floods in the history of Pakistan.  He urged the expatriates living in Germany to come forward and contribute their share towards Prime Minister’s Flood Relief Fund 2010 and help alleviate the suffering of their Pakistani brothers and sisters, says a press release received here today from Berlin-Wilmersdorf.

**GH/Ahmad**


PR. NO. 192
PRESS RELEASE

Islamabad
August 14, 2010

            On the occasion of Independence Day, 14th  August, 2010, the President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan has been pleased to confer the following Civil Awards on Pakistani citizens and Foreign Nationals for excellence in various fields of activities (for which the investiture ceremony will take place on the coming Pakistan Day, 23rd March, 2011):-

i)                    Dr. Ruth Katharina Martha Pfau of Germany has been awarded Nishan-i-Quaid-i-Azam in public service.

ii)                  Two Chinese and one Saudi national have been awarded Hilal-e-Pakistan for services in Pakistan.

iii)                Mr. Safwat Ghayyur Shaheed of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has been awarded Hilal-i-Shuja’at for Gallantry.

iv)                Five Pakistanis and one British have been Awarded Hilal-i-Imtiaz in the field of public service, journalism and education.

v)                  Seven Pakistani nationals from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Orakzai Agency and Bajaur Agency have been awarded Hilal-i-Shuja’at for Gallantry.

vi)                Twenty Seven Pakistanis and four foreign national have been awarded Sitara-i-Imtiaz in different categories.

vii)              Forty six Pakistanis and one Pakistani of Canadian nationality have been awarded Pride of Performance in different fields.

viii)            Four persons, one Chinese, one Japanese, one Norwegian and one Italian have been awarded Sitara-i-Quaid-i-Azam for services of Pakistan.

ix)                One Irish national has been awarded Sitara-i-Khidmat for services of Pakistan.

x)                  Fifty three Pakistanis have been awarded Tamgha-i-Shuja’at for gallantry.

xi)                Fifty two Pakistani nationals and two foreign nationals have been awarded Tamgha-i-Imtiaz in different categories.

xii)              One German national has been awarded Tamgha-i-Quad-i-Azam for services of Pakistan.

xiii)            One Chinese national and one Dutch national of Pakistani origin have been awarded Tamgha-i-Khidmat for services of Pakistan.


PR. NO.193
PRESS RELEASE

The Ambassador urges upon the Community to donate in Flood Relief Fund

Islamabad
August 14, 2010

The ambassador of Pakistan to France Mr. Shafkat Saeed has urged upon Pakistani Community in France to donate liberally in Prime Minister’s Flood Relief Fund. He was speaking at the flag-hoisting ceremony held here this morning at the Embassy of Pakistan to celebrate 64th Independence Day, says a press release received here today from Paris, France.

The ceremony commenced with a recitation from the Holy Quran. As the national anthem was played, the Ambassador of Pakistan in France Mr. Shafkat Saeed hoisted the National Flag.

The Ambassador read out the message from the President while the Deputy Head of Mission, Mr. Rafiuzzaman Siddiqui read out the message from Prime Minister of Pakistan to mark the occasion. The ambassador made a passionate appeal to the members of the Community present on the occasion to donate liberally in Prime Minister s Flood Relief Fund and urged upon them to renew their pledge to work towards the progress, prosperity and well being of Pakistan.

The ceremony was attended by a large number of the Pakistani community based in Paris and the Embassy officials along-with their families.

**TK/Ahmad**


PR. NO.194
PRESS RELEASE

PAKISTAN
INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATED IN TEHRAN
Islamabad
August 14, 2010

Pakistani community celebrated the 64th Independence Day of Pakistan with great fervor and enthusiasm here today. Ambassador M.B. Abbasi hoisted the national flag at the Pakistan International School to mark the occasion, says a press release received here today from Tehran, Iran.

Children from Pakistan International School, presented national songs reflecting their love and affection for the motherland and paying tributes to the Muslim leaders and freedom fighters whose struggle under the dynamic and peerless leadership of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah culminated in the achievement of an independent  homeland for the Muslims of the sub-continent.  

The Ambassador read out the message of President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister, Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani’s message was read out by the Head of Chancery.  

The Ambassador, in his address, invited members of the Pakistani community to come forward and make generously donations for their floods affected countrymen. He said everyone should participate in the relief efforts to alleviate the sufferings of those who have lost everything in the recent floods in the country. The Ambassador thanked Iranian government for its aid to the flood affected people in Pakistan. Elsewhere referring to Pakistan-Iran relations, he said we should try to strengthen our presence in Iran.

Launching the Persian language quarterly magazine “Payam-e-Pakistan” published by the Mission, the Ambassador said it would further strengthen cultural links between Pakistan and Iran.

Later, talking to reporters from Iranian print and electronic media on the sidelines of the Independence Day function, the Ambassador briefed the journalists on the latest flood situation in the country reiterating the need for shipment of more aid to Pakistan from Iran. He said the situation was still critical and Iran should send medical teams to Pakistan. Referring to Pakistan-Iran relations, the Ambassador said the relations have always been good and have been enhanced in political, economic and social fields. He said Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline project would give further boost to the two countries’ economic relations.

The Ambassador also granted exclusively interview to Iranian television channel-I highlighting the significance of the Independence Day and underscoring the need for Iran to provide more assistance to the flood affected people in Pakistan.

Leading English dailies published special supplements marking Pakistan Independence Day and containing messages of President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani and Ambassador M.B. Abbasi besides article on Pakistan economy and tourism. Influential Persian daily Jamhoori Eslami published an article on Pakistan’s Independence Day which was provided by this Mission.

**MMHJ/Ahmad**


PR. NO.195
PRESS RELEASE

PAKISTAN INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATIONS
ON
AUGUST 14, 2010
Islamabad
August 14, 2010

The members of Pakistani community in the UAE celebrated Pakistan Independence Day on Thursday, August 14, 2010 with traditional fervour, enthusiasm and simplicity. The flag hoisting ceremony was held at the premises of Pakistan Embassy, Abu Dhabi at 0800 hours on 14th August, 2010. Ambassador of Pakistan in UAE, Mr. Khursheed Ahmad Junejo unfurled the National Flag in presence of a large number of Pakistani community members, their families and Embassy officials, says a press release received here today from Dubai.

Messages from the President and Prime Minister of Pakistan were read out during the function.

In his message, President, Asif Ali Zardari said that on the auspicious occasion of the 64th Independence Day he wished to compliment all Pakistanis living within the country and abroad. He said that the enthusiasm of the Independence Day this year however has been dampened because of the unprecedented floods that have devastated the lives of thousands of people and left scars on the lives of several hundred thousands more in all parts of the country. The best way to celebrate the Independence Day this year therefore is to reach out to the victims of this natural disaster, heal their wounds and help them to help themselves. 

He saluted the courage and heroism of flood victims and assured them that the government will do everything possible to alleviate their sufferings. He also saluted the tillers, the workers, traders, teachers, intellectuals, professionals, students, women and minorities for their heroic struggle.

Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani, in a separate message emphasized that by the grace of Allah Almighty, we are celebrating the 64th Independence Day of Pakistan today. He said today we are celebrating our 64th Independence Day at a time when the country is up against many challenges of grave nature, the chief being rehabilitation of flood affectees, fight against terrorism, struggling economy and ensuring political stability. The recent floods have wreaked havoc across the country causing human casualties, damaging road & telecommunication infrastructure, and crops at massive scale. According to the United Nations’ assessment, the total damage done by these raging floods is more than what the world suffered in Tsunami in 2004 and what Pakistan had to face in the aftermath of earthquake in October 2005. Similarly, terrorists and extremists are out to impose their exclusive and conservative agenda on the peaceful Pakistani nation. Our national economy has been hit hard both by the ongoing war against terrorism and natural disasters. Despite these challenges, the government and the people of the Pakistan remain committed to protect their motherland. Howsoever grave these challenges may be but our resolve and determination to take on these is greater.

While speaking on the occasion Ambassador of Pakistan in UAE, Mr. Khursheed Ahmed Junejo paid glowing tributes to the Founder of Pakistan, Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah. He urged upon the community members and the expatriates in UAE to come forward to support the flood relief efforts in Pakistan through generous contributions. He said that our community members are fully alive to the gravity of the situation and already working to do whatever is possible for their brethren back home. He appealed to all Pakistani organizations and members of the Pakistani community to come forward at this critical time and contribute generously to the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund. He said we’re making rapid contacts with individuals and organizations and briefing them about the flood situation and the kind of items required dealing with the emergency in Pakistan.

He said that Pakistan and UAE enjoy extremely close and fraternal relations based on common faith, traditions, deep-rooted cultural affinities, geographic proximity and identity of interests. He thanked the UAE government for their support and relief that has been extended for the flood victims. He said that the existence of more than 1,200,000 Pakistanis in UAE was a testimony of close relationship between the two countries. He added that His Highness President Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, followed the footsteps of his illustrious father, and has worked to further strengthen the ties between our two countries.

A separate flag-hoisting ceremony was held at the Pakistan Consulate, Dubai where H. E. Amjad Ali Sher, the Consul General of Pakistan unfurled the national flag. It was also attended by a large number of community members and officials.

Consul General while addressing the gathering made a very strong appeal to the community members to come forward to help their brethrens in the hour of their needs. He said that second largest Pakistani community is living here in UAE after Saudi Arabia and it is our moral and national duty that community should rise to the occasion and reach out to their flood affected brethren. He assured that the government will do all to help the people affected by the worst ever floods in country’s history. He said every single penny donated by the Pakistani living abroad would not only lessen the suffering of the victims but also improve the image of Pakistan as a self respecting and self reliant state who is capable to overcome all the difficulties smoothly. He said Pakistan Consulate will open a flood relief bank account in all branches of UBL so that community can deposit their donations there. He said that the government of Pakistan has committed all its resources for providing relief to the flood affectees but the enormity of this natural calamity is such that every Pakistani will have to contribute his share to mitigate the suffering of the unfortunate victims. He said that Pakistan Association Dubai, Pakistan Social Centers and Pakistani Schools in other Emirates are authorized by the Embassy and the Consulates to facilitate those who wish to make donations towards this humanitarian cause.

Pakistan Community Associations and Organizations have also scheduled separate functions to mark the occasion.

**ZP/Ahmad**


PR. NO.196
PRESS RELEASE

INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATIONS IN PAKISTAN EMBASSY, BRUSSELS

Islamabad August 14, 2010

A flag hoisting ceremony to celebrate the 64th Independence Day was held at Pakistan Embassy here this morning. The Ambassador of Pakistan to Belgium, Luxembourg and European Union H.E Mr. Jalil Abbas Jilani hoisted the National Flag with National anthem playing in the background in a simple but graceful and dignified ceremony. It was largely attended by Pakistani community residing in Brussels and its suburban areas and the officials of the Embassy, says a press release received here today from Brussels, Belgium. 

The Independence Day messages of the President of Pakistan Mr. Asif Ali Zardari and the Prime Minister, Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani were read out.  In their separate messages they expressed sorrow over the devastation caused by unprecedented floods that has caused human casualties, damaged roads & telecommunication infrastructure and destroyed crops at massive scale. According to UN assessment, the total damage done by these raging floods is more than what the World suffered in Tsunami in 2004 and what Pakistan had to face in the aftermath of earthquake in October 2005.  They also mentioned in the messages that the best way to celebrate the Independence Day this year therefore is to reach out to the victims of this natural disaster, heal their wounds and help them to help themselves. The need of imbibing the spirit of Unity, faith and discipline as a weapon to fight off these challenges could not be overstated. However, our spirit of nationalism presents a shield against the forces of extremism and terrorism and is capable of eliminating these negative forces’.

Addressing the participants of the ceremony, the Ambassador congratulated the Pakistani community residing in Belgium on this auspicious occasion. He eulogized Quid-e- Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah for his dynamic leadership and relentless struggle the Muslims of the sub-continent waged for a separate homeland. He also appreciated the self-determination of Kashmiri people against atrocities of Indian forces. He exhorted Pakistani community to maintain unity among their rank and file and continue to work for the promotion of soft image of Pakistan in Belgium. The Ambassador made a passionate appeal to the Pakistani diaspora, International Organizations, NGOs and the people from all walks of life in Belgium to generously donate in cash and kind to help Pakistani Government to alleviate the suffering of over 14 million flood affectees in various parts of Pakistan including Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa, GB, Balochistan, Punjab and Sindh.  

The Embassy has opened US $ and Euro accounts in HBL, Brussels and Euro Account in ING Bank for the collection of funds. The Account numbers are: HBL, Brussels: US $ Account No: 658 0703644-59  IBAN:  BE 95 & Euro Account No: 658 0703643-58 ING Bank Euro Account No: 363-076 2220 34.

A large number of Pakistani residing in Belgium, officers and officials of the Embassy, their families and other distinguished guests attended the Independence Day Ceremony.

**SMR/Ahmad**


PR. NO.197
PRESS RELEASE

Islamabad August 14, 2010

The Pakistani community in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia today celebrated the 64th Independence Day of Pakistan with simplicity, zeal and fervour. The day started with flag hoisting ceremonies held simultaneously at the Embassy of Pakistan Riyadh and in the Consulate General of Pakistan, Jeddah, says a press release received here today from Jeddah.

H.E. the Ambassador of Pakistan, Mr. Umar Khan Alisherzai, unfurled the national flag, at a largely attended ceremony held in the Embassy building in Riyadh. Messages of the President and the Prime Minister were read out.

Speaking on the occasion Mr. Umar Khan Alisherzai said that 14th the August reminds us of the struggle and sacrifices of our fore fathers for a separate home land. Now it is our responsibility to make it enlightened and a strong welfare state. He said that the challenges, we face to day demands from us to be united. The Ambassador said that Pakistan has been put on the path of democracy and was rapidly progressing. He said that Pakistan’s contribution toward peace and security in the world were tremendous and the world has appreciated our sacrifices.

The Ambassador said that one and a half million Pakistani community in Saudi Arabia is playing a vital role in the development of the Kingdom and is also a source of precious foreign exchange that is vital for Pakistan’s economic development.  He urged the Pakistani community members to invest in Pakistan and remit  their earnings through banking channels.

The Ambassador said that it was unfortunate that the country was hit by worse kind of flood that has killed thousands of peoples and have destroyed properties, agriculture and communications. He said that the government alone cannot cope with this situation and it needed your support. He called upon Pakistani community in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to fulfill their obligations towards their brethren who were in distress in Pakistan. He said that the donors can deposit their contributions in the PM’s relief fund. He said that they can also deposit their donations with the designated Officers in the Embassy, that will be transferred subsequently to the PM relief fund. 

He said PIA will also transport donations in material forms free of cost and the Embassy of Pakistan will provide all needed guidance and support in this regard.

At Jeddah the Consul General, Mr. Abdul Salik Khan, with a presentation of the national anthem performed the national flag hoisting ceremony at Consulate General. Earlier verses from the Holy Quran were recited. The members of the Pakistani community and officials of the Consulate attended the function. Messages of the President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani were read out by Consul General.

**MT/Ahmad**


PR. NO.198
PRESS RELEASE

TOP INDONESIAN HEALTH MAGAZINES PLEDGE SUPPORT FOR FLOOD AFFECTEES

Islamabad August 14, 2010

Top health magazines in Indonesia, “Chic” and “Prevention”, belonging to Kompas/Gramedia publication group have pledged support for the flood affectees in Pakistan saying it was a calamity unprecedented in size and scale. The magazines in coordination with prominent production company, Amasiwa Productions and kitchenware manufacturers, Tupperware organized a special Iftar dinner with the Ambassador of Pakistan, Sanaullah here Saturday expressing deep sympathy to the flood affectees, says a press release received from Embassy of Pakistan, Jakarta here today.  

Clips about the flood devastation in Pakistan, were screened on the occasion before a select audience of businesswomen, socialites and other dignitaries.

Ambassador Sanaullah on the occasion briefed the invitees about the flood situation in Pakistan saying that the destruction caused by torrential rains was unprecedented. Over 1400 people had lost their lives, millions were made homeless, standing crops had been destroyed and livestock lost in the torrents. He said the real estimate of the overall damage could only be ascertained after the waters had receded but till then hectic relief efforts were required to alleviate the miseries being faced by the affectees. He praised the great gesture of the Indonesian government in sending humanitarian aid to Pakistan. He however added that humanitarian organizations, charities and other social organizations from Indonesia should also come forward and help their Pakistani brethren in need.

The briefing session on Pakistan’s flood situation was followed by a  “Pakistani cuisine” show where Ambassador Sanaullah prepared special Pakistani dishes for the invitees. He  appreciated the efforts of the Amasiwa Productions and Tupperware for creating awareness among the Indonesian friends about the severity of floods in Pakistan. Both the health magazines on this occasion assured of their donations for the flood affectees and added they would also urge other important organizations to contribute for this noble cause.


PR. NO.199
PRESS RELEASE

64th Independence Day Celebrated

Islamabad August 14, 2010

64th Independence Day of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan was celebrated at the Pakistan Mission to the United Nations here this morning. The ceremony started with the recitation from the Holy Qur’an. Acting Permanent Representative, Ambassador Amjad Hussain B. Sial and Consul General Pakistan, Mr. A. S. Babar Hashmi of Pakistan in New York, hoisted the National Flag while National Anthem was being played. The ceremony was held in a simple manner keeping in view the devastation caused in the country by the recent floods, says a press release received from Permanent Mission to the United Nations New York, here today.

The Consul General read out the messages of the President and the Prime Minister of Pakistan.

Speaking on the occasion, the Acting Permanent Representative described the sufferings of the flood affected brethren back home. He highlighted the purpose of the forthcoming visit of the UN Secretary General to Pakistan besides efforts being made by the UN to provide timely relief and assistance to the affected families. Consul General, Pakistan appealed to the Pakistan community to contribute generously in the Prime Minister’s Flood Relief Fund.  


PR. NO.200
PRESS RELEASE

Islamabad August 14, 2010


 A Flag hoisting ceremony was held at the Chancery this Morning to mark the 64th Independence Day of Pakistan. Messages from the President and Prime Minister were readout on the occasion and it was re-emphasized that the widespread devastation by the recent floods in
Pakistan have caused colossal loss to life and property. He appealed to the community to wholeheartedly help their brethren in this catastrophe.  It was attended by a sizeable number of our community living here in Seoul.

  In addition, a community forum which was held for celebration of the Independence Day at a local hotel at Seoul by the Pakistan Business Association was converted into the fund raising campaign for the flood affectees.

 Ambassador of Pakistan Mr. Shaukat Ali Mukadam has mobilized the overseas Pakistanis to generously donate for the flood affectees, in Pakistan. Funds generated on the occasion will be deposited in the  Prime Minister’s Flood Relief Fund. Community Welfare Attache Mr. Mudassir Iqbal has also spoke on the occasion highlighting the importance of the Independence Day and appealed to the expects for donation for the flood affectees in Pakistan.


PR. NO.201
PRESS RELEASE

Islamabad August 14, 2010

The people of Pakistan are resilient and will overcome the challenges that are confronting the Pakistan’s High Commissioner to Ottawa Mr. Akbar Zeb said today while addressing the Pakistani community on the occasion of 64th Independence Day function, says a press release received from the High Commission for Pakistan Ottawa here today.

He said Pakistan Day constitutes an important milestone in the history of the nation and represents the resolve of our founding fathers to lay out a path of unity and a system of governance where freedom and equality are guaranteed.  14th August provides us with an opportunity to renew that pledge.

He said this year, 14th August comes at a time when our country is ravaged by unprecedented floods.  More than 20 million people have become victims of this rage.  So far more than 1600 people have lost their lives and there has been wide scale destruction of infrastructure, homes, schools and crops.  The entire scale of this disaster, however, is yet to unfold and there is danger of more destruction.

The High Commissioner said this is a major humanitarian crisis.  The government is employing all resources at its disposal for the rescue and relief of the flood affected areas, however, in view of the enormity of the disaster a well coordinate and concerted effort by the Pakistan government, Pakistani diasporas, the world community and international organizations was required.   

The High Commissioner asked the people to donate generously to the Prime Minister’s Flood Relief Fund.  “The best way to celebrate Independence Day this year is to reach out to the victims of this national disaster”, he said.

He said that the Pakistani community in Canada was our biggest asset in this country.  Over the years it has contributed to the socio-economic well being of Canadian society and had acted as a bridge of friendship between Pakistan and Canada.  Our community had also given much needed support to Pakistan’s economy and to its development.  This was a community that projects the true image of Pakistan – an image of progress and prosperity, of freedom and equality and of tolerance and acceptance.

He said Pakistan was proud of its expatriate community in Canada.  We deeply appreciate their contribution not only to the progress and prosperity of Canada but also to further strengthening of the existing bonds of friendship and cordiality between Pakistan and Canada.

Message from the President and the Prime Minister were also read out on this occasion.

Earlier, the High Commissioner hoisted the national flag and the staff.  The ceremony was attended by a large number of the Pakistan-Canadian expatriate community.  


PR. NO.202
PRESS RELEASE

HILLARY CLINTON TELEPHONES PRESIDENT ZARDARI,
EXPRESSES GRIEF OVER FLOOD DEVASTATION,
PLEDGES SUPPORT IN RELIEF AND REHABILITATION.

Islamabad
August 14, 2010

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called President Asif Ali Zardari Saturday night and expressed grief and sorrow over the loss of lives and huge destruction of infrastructure and property in the floods in Pakistan.

She said that the people and government of the United States were with the people of Pakistan in these difficult times. The US Secretary of State said that the US will continue to extend all possible help to mitigate the sufferings of the victims of floods and take part in the rescue, relief and rehabilitation operations.

Hillary also praised the courage with which the people of Pakistan had braved the adversity. She also offered condolences to the people who had lost their near and dear ones and suffered other losses in the floods.

The President thanked Hillary for her concern and assurances of support. President Zardari said that the floods were unprecedented in the last one century and called for greater international support in meeting the challenges of relief and rehabilitation.