Islamabad, 25 October 2022 (TDI): Kazakhstan is celebrating Republic Day today, October 25th, to commemorate the declaration of sovereignty of the Kazakh SSR from the Soviet Union. The Embassy of Kazakhstan in Islamabad hosted a reception to commemorate the day.

A beautiful ceremony was held in the local hotel where the Chief Guest was Minister of State for Petroleum Musadik Malik, who said that  Pakistan and Kazakhstan enjoyed brotherly relations.

Minister of State for Energy Mussadiq Malik, Ambassador of Kazakhstan Yerzhan Kistafin and other dignitaries on the occasion of the Republic Day of Kazakhstan ceremony in Islamabad.

Minister further said that there are tremendous opportunities that stand untapped and both countries are working together to enhance trade ties and building people-to-people exchanges.

Minister further emphasized on the significance of the relationship between Pakistan and Kazakhstan especially as both countries are celebrating their 30 years of strong ties.

The minister highlighted the importance of inter-regional transit and transport infrastructure development, the need for diversification, and the expansion of Kazakhstan-Pakistan trade and economic ties.

President of Kazakhstan on the Republic Day 

The President of Kazakhstan, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, congratulated his compatriots on occasion. He stated that the “Declaration of State Sovereignty of Kazakhstan opened the way to our sacred Independence.”

Along these lines, he went on to enunciate the historical importance of the document. Kassym-Jomart Tokayev also pointed out that Kazakhstan was celebrating “Republic Day in a new way, this day has received the status of a national holiday.”

He expressed his confidence that “this initiative will receive wide support in society and will become a good tradition.” Likewise, “Republic Day is a bright holiday designed to raise the spirit of the people, strengthen statehood, strengthen our unity & solidarity.”

The President of Kazakhstan further stated, “We have begun to build a Just Kazakhstan. This high goal can be achieved only with the active participation of all Kazakhstanis because the main support & the greatest wealth of the state are citizens!”

Celebrations across Kazakhstan

On the occasion of the national holiday of Kazakhstan, a ceremony to raise the national flag is held all across the country.

This event is meant to strengthen patriotism, the spirit of the Kazakhstanis, and their national identity. It is noteworthy that the sky-blue banner of the country embodies values such as sovereignty, freedom, unity, and peace.

Republic Day: An Overview

In the final years of Soviet governance, each Soviet Union republic aimed for independence. Early in 1990, the Soviet Union consented to give up its political hegemony.

The Kazakh SSR announced its autonomy on October 25, 1990, following in the footsteps of the Lithuanian SSR, the Russian SFSR, and others. As the Soviet Union fell apart, Kazakhstan gained independence on December 16, 1991.

The Declaration on the State Sovereignty of the Kazakh SSR was adopted by the Kazakh SSR (Soviet Socialist Republic) on October 25, 1990, ushering in the country’s first step toward independence.

In the declaration, statehood tenets, including integrity, indivisibility, geographical inviolability, advancing the Kazakh people’s culture and language, and bolstering national identity, were all first codified.

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The notion of independent regulation of political, economic, and social issues was also affirmed in the declaration.

This fundamental proclamation is the foundation for Kazakhstan’s Constitutional Law on State Independence, adopted on December 16th, 1991.

Initially, Republic Day was celebrated in Kazakhstan until 2009. On June 16 in the Ulytau Region, at the first National Kurultai (Congress), President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev proposed reviving the momentous day.

Along these lines, President Tokayev signed a law in September 2022 amending several Kazakh laws about film, culture, and holidays.

Many countries, including the United States (US), Turkiye, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Pakistan among other joined together to congratulate Kazakhstan on such an important day.