Islamabad, March 25, 2018 (PPI-OT): The National Day of Pakistan was celebrated in Toronto at an impressive ceremony at Markham Town Hall. The Consul General of Pakistan Mr. Imran Ahmed Siddiqui raised the Pakistan flag to the tune of the national anthem in the presence of Canadian parliamentarians, members of diplomatic Corp and Pakistani community, says a press release received from Toronto here today.
The Government of Ontario was represented by Honourable Michael Chan, Minister of International Trade, Rob Oliphant, Yasmin Ratansi and Hon Iqra Khalid, Members Parliament, Mayor of Markham His Worship Frank Scarpitti and Dr. Shafiq Qaadri, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration. The ceremony started with recitation from the Holy Quran. The messages of the President and the Prime Minister of Pakistan were read out by the Consul General.
The following Canadian dignitaries also delivered speeches. i. HW Frank Scarpitti, Mayor of Markham ii. Hon Yasmin Ratansi iii. Hon. Michael Chan, Minister of International Trade iv. Hon Rob Oliphant, Member of Parliament v. Hon Iqra Khalid, Member of Parliament vi. Dr. Shafiq Qaadri, MPP vii. Mr. Erik Jolliffee, York Regional Police Cheifi In their speeches, the Canadian politicians highlighted the importance of bilateral relations between Pakistan and Canada.
They also praised the positive and constructive role being played by the Pakistani community in Canada for further strengthening of this relationship. The Premier of Ontario, Hon. Khatleem Wyne sent messages of felicitations on the occasion which were read out by Hon. Michael Cha. On this occasion two documentaries titled “Ancient Pakistan” and Emerging Pakistan” were also screened.
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