Press release

Foreign Secretary statement on Pakistan Independence Day 2017

Boris Johnson's statement celebrates the 70th anniversary of Pakistan's independence and the close friendship between the UK and Pakistan.

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson at Badshahi Mosque during his visit to Pakistan
The Foreign Secretary at Badshahi Mosque during his visit to Pakistan.

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson:

On behalf of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, I wish the people of Pakistan the very best on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of independence. Muhammad Jinnah’s founding vision of a progressive, inclusive Pakistan is still something worth cherishing and celebrating, and Pakistan should be rightly proud of its culture and history over the last 70 years.

The United Kingdom and Pakistan enjoy a close friendship thanks to the links between our people – particularly the 1.2 million British people who are of Pakistani origin. Whether on the cricket field, at Pakistani celebrations in the UK or though our strong education cooperation and support, the links between our two countries keep getting stronger. In 2017, the UK is celebrating these connections with a year-long programme of cultural events, exhibitions and visits.

As we celebrate our shared history together, and look forward to a future with more links, more trade and more co-operation between the UK and Pakistan, I wish the people of Pakistan Jashan e Azaadi Mubarak!

Published 14 August 2017