“Today, we join the Pakistani community in Canada and around the world to celebrate Pakistan’s Independence Day.
“Canada and Pakistan enjoy a long-standing relationship, with deep cultural links rooted in many generations of people-to-people ties and close cooperation on a wide range of areas such as climate change, development assistance, and regional security. Today, our two countries work together in several international organizations, including the United Nations and the Commonwealth.
“Canada looks forward to expanding our cooperation on regional and global issues and deepening the relationship between our two countries, including on education, gender equality and women’s empowerment, and trade and investment.
“Canadians of Pakistani ancestry have enriched our national fabric for generations, and the connections between our two countries continue to grow.
“On behalf of the Government of Canada, I extend my best wishes to everyone celebrating Pakistan’s Independence Day.”
PREMIER John Horgan said in a statement: “I am happy to commemorate Pakistan’s 75th Independence Day, marking the start of its 75th year as an independent nation.
“At midnight between August 14 and 15, 1947, Pakistan gained independence from British rule and became an independent country.
“Pakistan celebrates Independence Day on August 14, as do Pakistani communities in British Columbia and around the world.
“For generations, people have emigrated from Pakistan to British Columbia and have enriched our province’s culture immeasurably. They make significant contributions to British Columbia every day.
“On behalf of all British Columbians, I offer best wishes to all those celebrating Pakistan’s Independence Day, here in British Columbia and around the world.”