WASHINGTON: Council Member Ms. Naila Alam presented Ambassador Masood Khan a proclamation to observe 14th August 2023 as ‘Pakistan Independence Day in the town of Herdon, Virginia USA, during a meeting at the Embassy of Pakistan in Washington DC.
The proclamation was signed by Sheila A. Olem, Mayor of Herdon, Virgina.
Ms. Naila Alam is the first Pakistani to have been elected twice for Town Council Herdon, Virginia.
Ambassador Masood Khan felicitated Ms. Alam over fruition of her efforts which clearly reflected her deep love for the country of her origin.
Congratulating Ms. Alam on her timely initiative, Ambassador Khan observed that the proclamation would help cementing Pak-US ties and creating greater awareness about the country at grassroots level.
He also appreciated the services of Ms. Alam for her community and encouraged her to continue with her efforts to create greater understanding about Pakistan and the shared values of the two nations.
“Promoting people-to-people linkages and strengthening economic partnership with the United States, at every possible level, is a priority.
“Pak-American community has a huge role to play in bringing the two nations closer and taking Pak-US ties to a new heights,” he said.
Ms. Alam said that it was a matter of great honor for her to get elected twice and serving the people of her town.
She said that the adoption of proclamation was a recognition of the immense contributions being made by Pak-American diaspora of Herdon.
“It also reflected the respect for the diaspora among the leadership of Herdon,” she said.
Ms. Alam reaffirmed that she was committed to work for bringing the people of the two countries closer to each other.
The proclamation stated that the “Town of Herndon takes great pride in being the home of many Pakistani Americans and on this occasion our community celebrates the hopes, dreams, and vital contributions of Americans of Pakistani origin across all aspects of our society,”
“Therefore, the Mayor of the Town of Herndon, Virginia, hereby proclaims the 14th day of August, 2023, as Pakistan Independence Day in the Town of Herndon, celebrates the 76th anniversary of Pakistan’s independence, and encourages our residents to learn more about the history and culture of Pakistan, honoring their contributions to the Herndon community,” reads the proclamation.
Ambassador Khan wished Ms. Alam even greater success in her political career as well as her social and humanitarian endeavors.