Secretary John Kerry Remarks on Pakistan Independence Day

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I send our best wishes to the people and the government of Pakistan as you celebrate your Independence Day this August 14.

Today we remember the sacrifice of Muhammad Ali Jinnah and all of Pakistan’s founders, who dedicated their lives for their country. Since independence in 1947, the people of Pakistan have worked side by side to build a strong nation that honors its distinct heritage and history. Today, we commend the indomitable spirit, resilience, and sacrifices of all Pakistanis as they pursue goals of economic prosperity and strengthened democratic traditions that will benefit Pakistan and the region.

The United States joins you in celebrating the anniversary of Pakistan’s independence, and we renew our commitment to strengthen our partnership to promote greater peace and prosperity for both of our nations, now and for generations to come.

We too are inspired by the message of “hope, courage, and confidence” which the Quaid-e-Azam delivered to the Pakistani people in his Eid-ul-Azha Message in 1947, and we support your efforts to face the future with the same hope and determination.