Paris (Paigham) The third edition of mega Pakistan Festival was held in Sarcelles, a city in the suburbs of Paris today. This year’s event was specially dedicated to express solidarity with the oppressed people of Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

The Festival was jointly inaugurated by the Ambassador Mr. Moin ul Haque, member of French parliament Mr. Francois Pupponi and Mayor of Sarcelles Mr. Patrick Haddad.

Thousands of people from various walks of life including local French politicians and officials, diplomats, members of French Civil Society, media persons and expatriate Pakistanis attended the festival.

While addressing the inaugural ceremony, Ambassador thanked Management committee of the Pakistani Festival for successful organization of the festival. The Ambassador also praised the community’s efforts in strongly advocating the cause of Kashmiris in France. He reiterated Pakistan’s resolve to extend political, moral and diplomatic support to the people of Kashmir.

Mr. Francoise Pupponi and Mr. Patrick Haddad also spoke on the occasion. They thanked the Pakistani community for organizing this festival and termed it as a valuable addition in the cultural landscape of France which had provided the French public a rare chance to experience a mini Pakistan in France.

Earlier, the young children song patriotic songs and many speeches were made in solidarity with the people of Kashmir. The speakers called upon the international community to play its role to find a lasting solution to the decade old issue as per resolutions of the UNSC and aspiration of the Kashmiris people.

Number of stalls offering authentic Pakistani food, products and traditional souvenirs also attracted interest of the visitors.

Mr. Sahir Ali Bagha, and Ms. Shagufta Awan, the Pakistani famous singers who were specially flown from Pakistan for the festival enlightened the evening with heartwarming patriotic songs, sufi music and their famous numbers.