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Pakistan - August 15, 2017

Autonomy Day service held in General Assembly of United Nations

UNITED NATIONS (City News) – A ceremony pertaining to 70th Independence Day of Pakistan was held in General Assembly of United Nations.

Besides hundreds of Pakistanis, the ceremony was attended by ambassadors from more than 100 countries including China, Turkey, Russia and Iran.

“The story of Pakistan does not begin in 1947. My country is home to one of the world’s oldest civilizations. Infact, the ancient civilizations of Mohen jo Daro and Taxila among others stand in abiding testimony to the indelible imprint that my land and his people have left over the ages on humanity’s march towards progress and development,” said Pakistan s Ambassador to the United Nations Maleeha Lodhi in her welcome address.

Maleeha Lodhi with Ambassadors of Indonesia, Azerbaijan and the OIC.

UN Deputy Secretary General Amina Mohammed paid tribute to Pakistan and said, “We celebrate Pakistan’s commitment to multilateralism and diplomacy. We recognize Pakistan’s outstanding contributions to the work of United Nations including being elected seven times for Security Council. We commend Pakistan’s remarkable dedication to UN’s peacekeeping with more than 7000 Pakistanis serving as blue helmets today and more than a 170,000 who have served over the decades. And ofcourse we will forever honour the ultimate sacrifice of the 146 Pakistani peacekeepers who gave their lives for the cause of peace.”

Maleeha Lodhi with the Deputy Permanent Representative of India and his wife along with the Ambassador of Malta.

Pakistani musical group ‘Sachal’ beautifully played the tune of Pakistan’s national anthem and mesmerized the audience with their fusion of eastern and western music.

The Sachal Group performing in the ceremony.

Renowned singer Tahira Syed praised the performance of Sachal group and said that such events should be organized for the promotion Pakistan’s culture.

Renowned singer Tahira Syed (L).

While talking to Dunya News, UN ambassadors of China, Turkey and Britain congratulated Pakistanis on their Independence Day and wished them good fortune.

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