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Pakistani's Republic Day Celebrated in Seoul
Amb. Ali Invite Hundreds of Guests at Hotel Reception
Pakistani Ambassador to Seoul Murad Ali (10th from right) poses for camera with other dignitaries at its National Day reception held at a Seoul hotel on March 23, 2010.

Pakistani Ambassador to Seoul Murad Ali and his wife Mrs. Nighat Murad hosted a reception at a Seoul hotel on March 23, 2010 on the occasion of its national day "Republic Day," which marks the passing of the Lahore Resolution in 1956.

The dinner reception attracted over 200 high-profile guests including scores of top foreign envoys serving in Seoul. Among the local VIP guests were Minister of Strategy and Finance Yoon Jeung-Hyun; Rep. Park Jin, chairman of Foreign Affairs, Trade & Unification Committee of the National Assembly; Mr. Park Byeong-Seug, president, Korea-Pakistan Inter-Parliamentary Friendship Association; Mr. Oh Jae-Hee, president, Korea-Pakistan Friendship Association.

During the welcoming speech Amb. Ali stressed the growing economic ties between Pakistan and South Korea.

He mentioned landmark infrastructure projects being undertaken by such South Korean conglomerates as Lotte, Hyundai, Daewoo, and Sambu.

Minister Yoon made a congratulatory speech. He also emphasized the growing importance of economic ties between Lahore and Seoul. He said that bilateral trade volume rose to 1.1 billion US dollars from a meager 1.60 million US dollars recorded 27 years ago.

Pakistan established diplomatic ties with South Korea on Nov. 7, 1983. Since then the two countries have been closely cooperating in many aspects.

Pakistani National Day reception on March 23, 2010

Republic Day of Pakistan

In Pakistan this day marks the passing of the Lahore Resolution. Republic Day of Pakistan was first observed in 1956 when Pakistan officially became a Republic and shunned the former status of Dominion. The main events of this day include a full military parade and the awarding of honours at the Presidency (Presidential Palace) by the President. Every year, on March 23, the Pakistani people commemorate their National Day in remembrance of “The Pakistan Resolution” passed on March 23, 1940, in the historic city of Lahore.

Lahore Resolution

The Lahore Resolution, commonly known as the Pakistan Resolution, was a formal political statement adopted by the Muslim League at the occasion of its three-day general session on 22–24 March 1940 that called for greater Muslim autonomy in British India. This has been largely interpreted as a demand for a separate Muslim state, Pakistan.The resolution was presented by A. K. Fazlul Huq.

Although the name "Pakistan" had been proposed by Choudhary Rahmat Ali in his Pakistan Declaration in 1933, Muhammad Ali Jinnah and other leaders had kept firm their belief in Hindu-Muslim unity. However, the volatile political climate and religious hostilities gave the idea stronger backing.

The following is the full text of Amb. Ali's speech.

Pakistani Ambassador to Seoul Murad Ali (left) poses with his embassy staff while receiving guests at a Seoul hotel on its National Day.

Message of the Ambassador
on the occasion of Pakistan’s Day
(23 March 2010)

We greatly appreciate honouring of the occasion by H.E. Mr. Yoon Jeung-Hyun, Minister of Strategy and Finance,

I also acknowledge the presence of

H.E. Mr. Park Jin, Chairman of Foreign Affairs, Trade & Unification Committee of the National Assembly,

H.E. Mr. Park Byeong-seug, President, Korea-Pakistan Inter-Parliamentary Friendship Association,

H.E. Mr. Oh Jae-Hee, President, Korea-Pakistan Friendship Association,

Sunnim Un Deok, Daejongsa, former Chief Monk of Chuntaejong,

Honorable Ambassadors, respectable members of Pakistani community in Korea, Ladies and Gentlemen,

Today we commemorate the passage of Pakistan Resolution in 1940. The Day reminds us of the valiant struggle, immense sacrifices and firm resolve of Founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah and the Muslims of the subcontinent in search of a separate homeland to live in peace according to their own belief and culture. Pakistan emerged as an independent country on 14 August 1947.

The land of Pakistan has been a cradle of centuries old civilizations with a known history of five thousands years. Over two thousand years ago, Gandhara Buddhist civilization flourished in northern Pakistan, with Taxila as a seat of Buddhist learning. Taxila also boasts of having one of the oldest universities in the world. Buddhist Monk Rev. Maranantha from Pakistan introduced Buddhism in 4th Century Paekje period in Korea.

Pakistan is the sixth most populous country in the world with 165 million people and home to the world’s second highest mountain K-2.

Pakistan’s economy is resilient, its fundamentals strong, having a large and talented workforce with vast natural resources. Private sector confidence has grown, as expatriate Pakistanis are bringing not only capital and FDI but also expertise and ideas into the country. The landmark infrastructure projects being undertaken by South Korean conglomerates like Lotte, Hyundai, Daewoo and Sambu will always testify to the lasting friendship between Pakistan and the Republic of Korea. Thousands of Pakistani workers are contributing to the industrial production and economic prosperity of Korea.

Like many other countries, Pakistan also faces the twin tasks of development and security. The people of Pakistan have the will, its institutions have the resilience and democratic leadership has the commitment to address these challenges and steer Pakistan towards strong, progressive and forwarded looking independent Islamic welfare state. Our nation stands firmly united behind its armed forces to eliminate the perpetrators of extremism and terrorism.

The people of Pakistan gratefully acknowledge the humanitarian aid and relief assistance offered by the government and people of South Korea after the natural calamities in 2005 and 2008. South Korea is also part of Friends of Democratic Pakistan (FODP). H.E. Mr. Lee Myung-Bak, president of the Republic of Korea attended First Summit of FODP in New York in last September. This clearly reflects the bonds of fraternity which the two people cherish so much.

We are therefore confident that the abiding ties of friendship that so happily exist between Pakistan and Korea will continue to flourish and both countries will further broaden cooperation in the years ahead. On this happy occasion let me wish the Korean people even greater happiness, prosperity and success in the years to come.

Long live: Pak-Korea Friendship

For details or inquiries please contact the Pakistani Embassy in Seoul at 796-8252.

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