Islamabad: The country celebrated its Independence Day today (Friday) and cooperated with the spirit of the Pakistani movement with a new determination to make the country a true Islamic welfare state.
The day dawned with thirty-one gun salutes in the Federal Capital and twenty-one gun salute in the provincial headquarters. Prayers were offered for security and progress of Pakistan and well-being of the people. It is a public holiday.
All important public and private buildings are flying the national flag.
The main feature of the celebrations will be a national flag hoisting ceremony at President House Islamabad during the day. President Dr. Arif Alvi will be the chief guest on the occasion.
Similar flag-raising ceremonies will also be held in provinces, sub-regions and regional headquarters across the country.
Public and private buildings as well as streets, bazaars and markets are 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.
IIOJK: People celebrate Pakistan Independence Day
Today, in India’s illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, people celebrate Pakistan’s Independence Day with great enthusiasm, dedication and respect. At the same time, Saturday’s Indian Independence Day is designated as a “black day.”
All Hurriyat meetings of all parties issued calls to celebrate Thanksgiving Day and Black Sun, and received the support of various Hurriyat leaders and organizations.
APHC insisted in a statement in Srinagar that Pakistan has always supported the Kashmiris in their just struggle to ensure their right to self-determination.
It called on the people to observe a complete shutdown on India’s Independence Day on Saturday.
Hundreds of posters released by Warseen-e-Shuhada Jammu and Kashmir and Tehreek-e-Azadi Jammu and Kashmir across the occupied territory have asked the people to celebrate Pakistan’s Independence Day as ‘Jashn-e-Azadi’ and observe India’s Independence Day as Black Day.