Hindus and Christians unite to celebrate Pakistan’s Independence Day

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Pakistanis take part in Independence Day celebrations in Quetta on August 14, 2019, as the nation marks the 73rd anniversary of independence from British rule. (AFP)
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A man rides a motorbike with a Pakistani national flag during Independence Day celebrations in Peshawar on August 14, 2019, as the nation marks the 73rd anniversary of independence from British rule. (AFP)
Updated 14 August 2019

Hindus and Christians unite to celebrate Pakistan’s Independence Day

  • It’s an occasion that reminds us to work toward national growth, Hindu lawmaker says
  • Christian community vows to stand by country always

ISLAMABAD: As Pakistan marked its 73rd Independence Day on Wednesday, citizens from all walks of life and faith joined hands to celebrate the occasion by organizing events in various parts of the country.
“Let us join hands to move our beloved country toward peace and stability, as well as to ensure long-term economic development and prosperity,” Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, a Hindu lawmaker from the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party told Arab News.
He added that it’s an occasion which reminds us to work toward national growth and development “to realize the dream of our founding fathers.”
“Let’s show solidarity with the people of Kashmir who have been offering huge sacrifices for the last 73 years,” Kumar said.
Meanwhile, a Facebook message posted by the All Pakistan Christian Community wished everyone on the occasion, adding: “Whatever the condition or situation is, Pakistani Christians will always stand by Pakistan and the armed forces of Pakistan.”
During a joint session of parliament, on August 6, certain representatives from the Hindu community made a flag with 60,000 green and white balloons which was showcased at the National Assembly Hall. The initiative, undertaken by the Pakistan Hindu Council, was the result of five days of hard work.
On August 11 every year, Pakistan observes the National Minorities’ Day. In this year’s messages, both President Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan said that the country could not aspire to achieve progress unless its nation had unity in its ranks.
PM Khan further renewed his pledge to work toward the welfare and wellbeing of minorities living in Pakistan, adding that their love for the country was exemplary and unquestionable.
He added that Pakistan’s founding father Muhammad Ali Jinnah had detailed a policy for minorities in Pakistan which his government was determined to fulfill. “We will keep our promise of complete religious freedom and equal opportunities for minorities to ensure their progress and development,” he said.


Former Pakistan beauty queen dies in Maryland car crash

Updated 06 December 2019

Former Pakistan beauty queen dies in Maryland car crash

  • Zanib Naveed was born in Lahore but lived in Pomona, New York
  • She was pronounced dead at the scene after her car hit a curb and flipped over

ISLAMABAD: A former Pakistani beauty queen lost her life in a tragic road accident earlier this month after her car hit a curb and flipped over into oncoming traffic in Maryland.
Zanib Naveed, 32, was born in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore but lived in Pomona, New York. She was crowned Miss Pakistan World in 2012 in Toronto, Canada.
According to The Washington Post, the accident took place on December 2 at “11:40 p.m. on the ICC, also known as Route 200, near Route 1 in the College Park area.”
Naveed, who was driving a 2018 Mercedes-Benz CL2, was the only person in the vehicle. She was “ejected in the crash” and “pronounced dead at the scene.”
She attended Pace University in New York City.
Her friends created a GoFundMe page after her tragic death to help the bereaved family.
“She had a smile that could light up a room, a powerful personality, captivating eyes, a voice that demanded attention and beauty like no other,” read the inscription on the page.