In the message on 75th independence day, foreign minister Bilawar Bhutto has underlined that the country honours the extraordinary efforts of Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and his companions that led to the creation of Pakistan which he termed “our independent homeland”.
Pakistan had the necessary tools to embrace all challenges, he added
“We also pay tribute to the great sacrifices rendered by our forefathers in the struggle for freedom.”
The foreign minister said the journey of the past 75 years had seen ups and downs, adding that Pakistan battled against all odds.
“However, we have always overcome these challenges with resilience and perseverance. It is a matter of great pride that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is the part of this journey since the very beginning and has been diligently working since then to keep the national flag high all over the world.”
He said the Foreign Office continued to follow the foreign policy goals outlined by the country’s founders.
“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs maintains its position as the first line of decision for our country. We are fully cognizant of the realities of the new world through which we have to navigate with caution and foresight.”
Bilawal said Pakistan stood tall as a modern state while preserving its historical identity, adding: “We are a nation with our eyes on the future.”
“We will reflect on the future to chart a way forward for the peace, prosperity and development of our homeland,” he concluded.