Pakistan's Independence Day celebrated in Missouri, USA

Pakistan's Independence Day celebrated in Missouri, USA

ST. LOUIS, Missouri (APP): The 70th anniversary of the establishment of Pakistan as an independent state was celebrated in St Louis in the U.S. state of Missouri by the local Pakistani-American Association, with top state officials joining the community members.

Pakistan's Consul General in Chicago, Faisal Niaz Tirmizi, who was the chief guest, paid tributes to Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah's sterling leadership and the sacrifices made by Muslims of the sub-continent for the creation of Pakistan.

Since its independence, he said, Pakistan has made tremendous progress, but challenges still remain.

Tirmizi urged the Pakistani-American community to be part of the American mainstream.

"If Siddique Khan can be mayor of London, then one of the children sitting here can be mayor of St Louis or president of the US," he said.

Secretary of State of Missouri Jason Kander, who is a Democratic Party nominee for the US Senate and State Representative Bill Otto, also Democratic Party's nominee for the US Senate and Steve Stagner, Chief Executive of Saint Louis County, were present at the event.

The function was rounded off with a music programme in which local artists sang patriotic songs.