Doha: A flag hoisting ceremony was organised at the Embassy premises yesterday to pay homage and tributes to the ‘Shuhada’ and ‘Ghazis’ of Pakistan Armed Forces who rendered supreme sacrifice in defence of the motherland.
(September 7, 2021 – Doha) – The event was attended by members of Pakistani Armed Forces and the Embassy staff. The national anthem was played and Ambassador H E Syed Ahsan Raza Shah hoisted the national flag.
A military contingent gave salute. Later, the participants witnessed an emotional and heart-warming documentary, which paid tribute to heroes of the nation who were awarded the highest gallantry award, the Nishan-e-Haider.
In his address, the Ambassador highlighted the importance of the Defence Day in the history of Pakistan.
The Ambassador mentioned the sacrifices of the members of Pakistan Armed forces in the line of duty, adding that the day not only is a remembrance of the martyrs and ‘Ghazis’, but also refreshes the enthusiasm and rejuvenates the resolve to work for the progress and prosperity of the motherland.
The Ambassador said that the day inspires all Pakistanis to serve the country with greater dedication and to keep the green and white flag, which symbolises the nation’s hopes and aspirations, flying even higher.
The Ambassador said that Pakistan strives for peace in the region and around the globe, and supports resolution of all disputes through peaceful means.
“However, the Pakistani nation and its Armed Forces are always fully geared up to confront any challenge threatening the national security,” he added.
He also referred to the sacrifices of Pakistan in the global war against terror and mentioned the significant contribution of the Pakistani Armed Forces to UN peace-keeping operations and in providing humanitarian assistance globally in case of natural disasters.
The Ambassador highlighted that bilateral relations between Pakistan and Qatar are based on historical bonds of a shared faith, history and culture. He expressed confidence at the excellent bilateral defence relations.
The Ambassador expressed pride in the contribution of the Pakistani community, which is a “living bridge” between the two countries in the remarkable progress and prosperity of the State of Qatar.
The ceremony concluded with prayers for progress, prosperity and solidarity of Pakistan.