A dignified and colourful flag-raising ceremony was held at the Consulate General of Pakistan, Manchester to celebrate Pakistan’s 70th Independence Day. The event comprised of flag raising followed by a paintings exhibition, a play performance and music performances.
The event was attended by a large number of community members as well as the Lord Mayor of Manchester Eddy Newman, Mayor & Mayoress of Oldham Cllr. Shadab Qamar & Mrs. Sobia Arshi, Mayor & Mayoress of Trafford Cllr. Jonathan Coupe & Mrs. Dianne Coupe, Mayor of Bolton Cllr. Roger Hayes, MP Rebecca Long-bailey, MP Jeff Smith, MP Yasmeen Qureshi, MP Afzal Khan, MP Faisal Rasheed, Chairman Overseas Pakistanis Foundation Barrister Amjad Malik and many other councillors of Pakistani origin. Deputy Consular General of China in Manchester was also present at the occasion.
The event started with the recitation of Quran e Pak, followed by flag hoisting by the Consul General Mr. Zahoor Ahmed to the tunes of National Anthem and Mr. Zahoor Ahmed reading out the messages of the President and the Prime Minister of Pakistan.
There were special prayers held by Muslim and Christian religious leaders for the solidarity, progress and prosperity of Pakistan and its people.
Consulate General of Pakistan had also arranged exhibition of paintings of Pakistani landscape by the British Pakistanis artists to promote Pakistan’s soft image and rich culture. British Pakistanis artists Ms. Faiqa Uppal, Mirza Nadeem and Ms. Saba showcase their work of art on rich Pakistani heritage. Representatives from Manchester Museum have also displayed the richest and strongest Indus Valley Civilization’s antique pots. A play named “Generation” was also performed in the event. “Generation” is an original new musical comedy which will be staged in the stunning galleries of Manchester museum in November 2017.
There were also Mango stall where different varieties of mangoes from Pakistan were displayed and served to all the attendees. Gift packs were also handed out to the attendees. Cultural component comprising national songs by local singers, Mehindi and face painting for children were also added to the ceremony. British Pakistani artists Nabeel Masieh, Naeem Gujrati and Arther gave live musical performances on the occasion. The community joined the artists singing and dancing along them.
Guests were served light traditional Pakistani refreshments while they enjoyed live musical performances by artists singing patriotic songs of Pakistan.
A cake specially designed as Pakistan’s flag was also cut to celebrate the event.