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Country celebrates Pakistan Day today

The Pakistan Resolution Day is being celebrated throughout the nation with traditional zeal and enthusiasm today (Friday), a public holiday.
The day dawned with 31- and 21-gun salutes in the federal and provincial capitals, respectively, while the national flag was hoisted atop government buildings and departments.
Special prayers will be offered in the mosques after Fajr prayers for the solidarity, integrity, and the prosperity of the motherland.
All offices, autonomous and semi-autonomous bodies, corporations, and local councils, which come under the provincial government, would remain closed except for essential services.
Seminars, rallies, and ceremonies have been arranged by the government and private organizations.
Several buildings, including the Lahore Railway Station, WAPDA House, and the Provincial Assembly building, would be decorated with lights and colourful buntings to mark the day.
Elaborate security arrangements have been made to ensure security on the Pakistan Day, according to Amin Vaince, the City Chief Police Officer (CCPO).
Besides district police, the special branch, Elite Force, and the Dolphin Force personnel would also perform their security duties on the Pakistan Day.
Police officials have been deployed at all entry and exit points of the city, he said, adding that the city has been divided into various sectors that were being covered by setting up a number of check posts.
Pakistan Day parade
The highlight of the day will be an impressive military parade, wherein the country’s armed forces are scheduled to carry out a march past and the nation’s outstanding fighter jets will stage an aerobatic manoeuvres
The parade, the chief guest of which will be President Mamnoon Hussain, is slated to commence later in the day at Islamabad’s Parade Avenue, where banners featuring the multicultural aspect of Pakistan will be displayed.
PM Abbasi, alongside the three services Chiefs, will also be in attendance.
An award ceremony is also on the agenda, to be held at Aiwan-e-Sadar, where the president will be conferring awards to various personalities on their contribution to different fields.
Other cities
A glorious display of fireworks Thursday night (as March 23 started) illuminated the skies of Karachi and Lahore with rainbow colours.
The displays of fireworks were held at Karachi’s Mausoleum of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah and Lahore’s Minar-e-Pakistan
Mobile service to be suspended in Islamabad at 5 AM on Friday.