Pakistan Embassy marks 70th Independence Day in Ankara

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ANKARA, AUG 14 (DNA) – The Pakistan Embassy in Ankara marked the country’s 70th year of independence on Monday. The ceremony began with hoisting of the national flag, followed by reading of a message from Pakistan’s President Mamnoon Hussain. Syed Ali Asad Gilani, Charge D’affaires of Pakistan in Turkey, said: “We continue to see the individual strengths of Pakistan and Turkey, as our mutual strengths.” Gilani added that Turkey stands shoulder to shoulder with its Pakistani brothers.

He thanked Turkey for sending SOLOTURK, a world-famous flight demonstration team, to Karachi and Islamabad to participate in the Independence Day parade.

Students sang the national anthem at the ceremony attended by military attaches and diplomats.

Syrus Sajjad Qazi, Pakiistan’s former ambassador to Hungary, will lead the embassy in Ankara, after he takes charge this September.Pakistan was founded on Aug. 14, 1947, when it was parted from India at the end of 150 years of British rule.