65th Independence Day of Pakistan was fervently celebrated by Pakistan Community in New Zealand
Pakistan Association of New Zealand Incorp., a representative body of Pakistani community in New Zealand, celebrated the 65th Independence Day of Pakistan on Tuesday, 14 August, 2012, at Mount Eden War Memorial Hall, Auckland. A pretty large number of the community members jubilantly participated in the programme with passionate feelings. Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi, JP, National List MP was the Chief Guest on the occasion.
Naveed Hameed, President of the Association, in his inaugural speech, briefly apprised the participants……… of the struggles and sacrifices made by their forefathers in making the movement of Independence of Pakistan a success. “The country was one of the foremost nations granted independence from colonial rules, after the world war II and the formation of UNO”, he said. He specifically mentioned that it was 27th of Ramdhan on 14th August 1947 when Pakistan emerged as an independent country on the global map, and fortunately today it is 26th of Ramdhan when we are celebrating its 65th anniversary with all zeal and spirit.
Welcoming Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi, JP, MP, the President of PANZ said, he is a good friend who has always been supporting the right cause of Pak-New Zealanders, both in parliament and in public. Speaking on the occasion, Member Parliament Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi summarily outlined various programmes, plans and steps of the National government to improve country’s economic situations, especially its actions of removing certain undesirable hurdles in the path of implementation of the important infrastructure development programmes planned to be carried out in coming years. He urged the people coming from Indian sub-continent to go searching for jobs in the mining and oil exploration industry being set up in nearby rural districts of New Zealand, where he promised higher per capita income in comparison to Auckland.
The President PANZ expressed that Pakistani immigrants are proud of becoming Pak-Kiwi and they are committed to foster the economic development of New Zealand by their dedicated hard work and positive commercial activities. He also acknowledged the support of the sponsors of the programme and thanked all participants who in spite of being in a state of fasting in the Holy month of Ramdhan came to celebrate the Independence Day of their homeland. In keeping with the sanctity of Ramdhan, special prayers were offered for the prosperity of the two countries—Pakistan and New Zealand.
Naveed Hameed, President & PANZ Team
Pakistan Association of New Zealand.