KABUL: The 69th Independence Day of Pakistan was celebrated at the Pakistan Embassy , Kabul, with great national fervor and enthusiasm today.

The ceremony was inaugurated with the recitation of the Holy Quran followed by the national anthem and flag hoisting by Pakistan Ambassador to Afghanistan, Syed Abrar Hussain.

The messages of the President and Prime Minister of Pakistan were also read out on the occasion.

The Ambassador highlighted the sacrifices rendered by our forefathers for achieving a separate homeland for the Muslims of the Sub-Continent and paid homage to our elders for the independence struggle.

He said that Pakistan was achieved after great struggle and immense sacrifices and it was the responsibility of the present generation to work for the development, stability and unity of the motherland.

He also paid a glowing tribute to the Army Public School (APS) children, Peshawar, and all those who laid down their lives in defence of the country.