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Independence Day of Pakistan

The Independence Day of Pakistan was celebrated on 14th August in a simple and graceful ceremony at the residence of Consul General of Pakistan, Vancouver.

The day’s events included a flag hoisting ceremony, reading of messages of the President and the Prime Minister, speeches by the Presidents of Pakistan Canada Association (PCA) and Pakistani Canadian Cultural Association (PCCA), remarks by the Consul General and singing of national songs by local performers.

In his address, the Consul General thanked expatriate Pakistanis for always stepping forward in helping their countrymen in the time of natural disasters and other tragedies. He specially noted their contribution by sending foreign remittances which were a record $ 7.8 billion in 2008-2009.

The Consul General also distributed Jinnah Scholarship Awards to the four students of Surrey School Board. These awards were launched in collaboration with Vancouver School Board and Surrey School Board to help students in their literary pursuit and create an understanding about Pakistan amongst young Canadians. The cash award of C$ 500 and certificates were given to the following students:

  • Miss Rabeea Khalid, Semiahmo Secondary School, Surrey
  • Miss Meghan Garmaine, Frank Hurt Secondary School, Surrey
  • Miss Danial Wali, L.A. Matheson Secondary School, Surrey
  • Miss Sukleen Momi, Princess Margaret Secondary School, Surrey

The function was attended with great fervour and enthusiasm by the Pakistani community in Vancouver.

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