Pakistan celebrates 71st Independence Day
Islamabad, The Pakistani nation celebrates 71st Independence Day on Tuesday with renewed resolve to work with the spirit of Pakistan Movement.
The day began with thirty-one salute in the capital, followed by twenty-one gun salute in all four provincial capitals.
Pakistan got independence and was declared a sovereign nation following the end of the British rule on 14th August 1947.
Pakistan came into existence as a result of a movement under the leadership of Muhammad Ali Jinnah.
Special prayers were offered for the prosperity, integrity and solidarity of the country and unity of the Muslim Ummah.
The main flag hoisting ceremony was held in Islamabad, where President Mamnoon Hussain hoisted the national flag.
The ceremony was also attended by caretaker Prime Minister Nasirul Mulk, the three chiefs of the armed forces and other notable personalities.
President Mamnoon Hussain on the occasion urged for awareness of youth and next generations about the sacrifices rendered by the country's ancestors for the freedom of motherland. He said there is need to remain united to steer the country from crises.
The President expressed satisfaction that young generation is blessed with patriotism and keen for the development and prosperity of the country.
Sirens were sounded at 8:59 am and traffic came to a halt as mark of national solidarity.
Caretaker Prime Minister
Justice (retd) Nasirul Mulk and federal ministers in their messages said that in order to rid the country of political, social, economic and other complex issues, the nation will have to rise above its personal and factional differences.
They believed that the dream of taking the country to the zenith would not come true unless we singularly concentrate on our national goals and objectives.
Flag hoisting ceremonies also took place at provincial capitals, district headquarters and important national institutions.
Meanwhile, all the major public and private buildings, roads and avenues have been decorated with illuminations, national flags, portraits of the national leaders and banners.
Educational institutions have arranged art exhibitions, declamation contests, national songs competitions and tableau shows.
Horse and cattle shows, folk music and stage shows, sports tournaments for children, exhibitions of fruits and vegetables have also been organized in villages, towns and cities across the country.
The services of heroes of Pakistan Movement are also being highlighted through electronic and print media on the day to pay tribute to their struggle for making Pakistan a reality.
Radio Pakistan and Pakistan Television are also broadcasting special transmissions on the Independence Day.
Change of guard ceremonies were held at the mausoleum of Muhammad Ali Jinnah in Karachi and mausoleum of Allama Iqbal in Lahore.
People across the country flocked to stalls that lined up streets to purchase national flags in different sizes, t-shirts, badges and other merchandise to display their national pride.
Google Pakistan is also celebrating Pakistan's Independence Day by featuring a Green Doodle with Pakistani Flag.
At the stroke of midnight, firework displays light skies across the country as the nation started Independence Day celebrations. Fireworks were also held in all major cities of the country to observer the day.
Source: Islamic Republic News Agency - IRNA