It is a great honor for me, as ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan to Saudi Arabia, to extend felicitations to all Pakistanis residing in the Kingdom on the Independence Day of Pakistan. I am excited to celebrate this happy occasion with our brothers and sisters in their second home — Saudi Arabia.
The founding fathers of Pakistan worked indefatigably for the creation of Pakistan so that the Muslims of the subcontinent could peacefully live in an independent homeland; where they could freely practice religious belief, celebrate culture and enjoy freedom of expression.
On this happy occasion, we reaffirm our strong commitment to the ideals of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and to the aspirations of Dr. Allama Mohammed Iqbal.
Today, Pakistan, a country of more than 200 million people, is a progressive Islamic state with functional parliament, independent judiciary, free media, vibrant civil society, resilient economy and strong defense forces. Above all, Pakistan is endowed with abundant natural resources and industrious, peace-loving and young population.
Pakistan and Saudi Arabia enjoy excellent bilateral relations in all fields ,and this brotherly relation is going from strength to strength. The Kingdom and its leadership occupy a special place in the hearts of Pakistanis, due to their outstanding services and guardianship of the two Holy Mosques.
We are grateful to Kingdom for the warm hospitality extended to 2.3 million Pakistanis — the largest overseas Pakistani community. Saudi Arabia has always acknowledged the contributions made by Pakistani professionals and workforce in development of the Kingdom. Pakistanis are also efficiently contributing toward the realization of Saudi Vision 2030.
I, once again, congratulate all Pakistanis on this auspicious occasion of Independence. Let us all come together and contribute to further strengthen our fraternal ties with Saudi Arabia in all spheres.
May Allah bless Pakistan and Saudi Arabia with lasting peace and prosperity for good.
Ameer Khurram Rathore
Pakistan Ambassador to Saudi Arabia