23rd March 2015 saw the 76th anniversary of Pakistan Day. It is a national celebration day that marks the successful adoption of a constitutional draft that ultimately called for greater autonomy in British India.
It was a wonderful opportunity for the Pakistan Navy to show what Pakistan day meant to them as they demonstrated their commitment to this special day. Commodore Asif Hameed led the celebrations along with the Commander of the Combined Maritime forces, Vice Admiral Miller, with Deputy Commanders Commodore Blount and his successor, Commodore Warrender and Commodore Santarpia Commander of CTF 150
The colourful ceremony commenced with a recitation of the Holy Quran and singing of the Pakistan National Anthem. Later there was an address by Commodore Asif Hameed welcoming everyone to this auspicious occasion and highlighting the significance to the Pakistani people. He then talked about the importance of the ‘Two Nation Theory’, (The ideology that religion is the determining factor in defining the nationality of Indian Muslims) undertaken by Muhammad Ali Jinnah, who termed it as the awakening of Muslims for the creation of Pakistan. Commodore Asif Hameed also talked about the ‘struggle’ for a separate homeland and the ultimate sacrifice the founders paid.
Vice Admiral Miller was presented with a memento by Commodore Hameed to mark the event. The Vice Admiral was then invited to cut the celebratory cake and plant a tree in order to remember the event for years to come.
Finally, whilst the guests were treated to excellent traditional food and drink, an informative story board was used to explain the journey to Pakistan’s independence and onwards through to today.