Pakistan

Nation celebrates Independence Day with patriotic zeal, fervour

The nation is celebrating Independence Day today (Tuesday) with renewed resolve to work with the spirit of Pakistan Movement to make the country a true Islamic welfare state.
The day will dawn with 31-gun salute in the federal capital and 21-gun salute in the provincial headquarters.Prayers will be offered for security and progress of Pakistan and well being of the people.
National flag will be hoisted at all important public and private buildings.
The main feature of the celebrations would be a national flag hoisting ceremony at Jinnah Convention Centre in Islamabad. President Mamnoon Hussain would be the chief guest on the occasion.
At 8:59 in the morning, sirens would be sounded and the moving traffic would come to a halt as mark of national solidarity.
President Mamnoon Hussain and caretaker Prime Minister retired Justice Nasirul Mulk will unfurl the national flag and the participants would sing the national anthem together. The President will also address the ceremony on the auspicious occasion.
Similar flag hoisting ceremonies would also be held at provincial, divisional and district headquarters level throughout the country.
Public and private buildings as well as streets, bazars and markets have been profusely illuminated.
National flags, buntings, portraits of founding fathers, posters and banners are also seen everywhere as part of the celebration of Independence Day. Radio Pakistan has also prepared comprehensive programmes to celebrate the day.