NEW DELHI/WAGHA BORDER – India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted people of Pakistan on the occasion of 68th Independence Day, while at Wagha Border Pakistan Rangers and India's Border Security Force exchanged sweets and offered good wishes.
“I convey my greetings to the people of Pakistan on the occasion of their Independence Day,” Modi posted as per his routine. The Independence Day was also celebrated at the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi where national flag of Pakistan was hoisted by High Commissioner Abdul Basit before he addressed the gathering.
Addressing the gathering, Basit said Pakistan was committed to having normal relations with India on the basis of mutual respect. “We are confident that in the times ahead, both Pakistan and India would be able to resolve their problems and issues and have peaceful relations.
“I would also like to extend moral and diplomatic support to people of Jammu Kashmir in their legitimate struggle, which is enshrined in UN Charter and universal declaration of human rights,” the high commissioner said. Students of the Pakistan School presented a special programme of national songs and tableau.
Essay competition – My vision for Pakistan – was also held at the High Commission’s school-level. Summiyah Basit, wife of the high commissioner, distributed prizes and gifts amongst the participating children and winners of the essay competition. Deputy High Commissioner Mansoor A Khan read out messages from President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.