Pakistan Independence Day 2021.
2021 marks the 74th Independence Day for Pakistan. Streets in different cities and regions in Pakistan, especially in the capital Islamabad, are decorated with the green and white colors of the Pakistani flag as the country celebrates its 74th Independence Day today, Aug. 14. with caution due to the COVID-19 pandemic which has killed over 6,000 people in the country. The main Independence Day ceremony is organized in Islamabad, where the national flag is hoisted at the Parliament and Presidency buildings. This is follow up by the national anthem and widely circulated and televised speeches by the President and Prime Minister of Pakistan. Pakistan Independence Day is a National Holiday in Pakistan.
The greatest wealth and strength of any nation is its youth. The future of a nation lies in the hands of its posterity. The quality of its youth determines the kind of future, the nation will have. Therefore, if we want to ensure a bright future for our country, we first need to strengthen and empower our youth. The Olympics and Paralympics are always an excitement showing the skills and energy of a nation which Tokyo recently displayed.
The National Olympic Committee of Pakistan was created in 1948. Pakistan first participated at the Olympic Games in 1948 in London, and has sent athletes to compete in the Olympic Games since then. Pakistan has only missed one edition of the Olympic Games and in that first appearance it had the first of what would become a number of significant results over the years. This year was Pakistan’s eighteenth appearance at the Summer Olympics. This year there was a team of 10 participants and the best performances were both Talha Talib and Arshad Nadeem reaching the finals of their events and barely missing out on a medal. Also Gulfam Joseph barely missed out on reaching the final of his event. They participated in Javelin throwing, Badminton, Judo, Shooting, Swimming and Weightlifting. It was not a lucky year for them but it is a joy to see them participate in spite of this Covid-19 pandemic that has paralyzed so much of life in our world. Good luck to the Paralympians!
Today we wish all our Sisters who worked in Pakistan over the last 32 years, both living and dead, and all the friends, co-workers and benefactors, who are and were part of our mission there, a Very Happy Independence Day.