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August 14, 2018 – Pakistan Independence Day

I would like to extend my best wishes to members of the Canadian Pakistani community on the occasion of Pakistan Independence Day, also known as Yom-e-Azadi.

On August 14, 1947, Pakistan gained its independence from what was known, at the time, as British Raj or British rule.

The national holiday is celebrated throughout Pakistan with much fanfare – flag raising ceremonies; tributes to national heroes; cultural presentations; concerts, the changing of the guard at the Wagah Border between Pakistan and India; and, fireworks.

Members of the Canadian Pakistani community mark Pakistan Independence Day by sharing their heritage with their fellow Canadians as a way to promote greater understanding between communities.

Toronto is a proud multicultural city that embraces a wide variety of cultures and faiths.  Our city flourishes because of the diversity of people who have chosen to make Toronto their home. It is important to recognize each and every community that plays a part in enhancing Toronto’s social and cultural landscape.

As the Newcomer’s Advocate with the City of Toronto I strongly believe that we must work to together to promote togetherness. We must Respect our newcomer communities. We must Accept our newcomer communities. We should Celebrate our diversity and Embrace our different cultures and traditions, because we are all part of the human RACE.