Islamabad (August 14, 2017): The nation is celebrating Independence Day today with great zeal and fever and pledge to make Pakistan a true Islamic Welfare State as envisioned by founding father Quaid-e-Azam.
The day dawned with thirty-one gun salute in the federal and twenty-one gun salute at the provincial capitals.
At mosques across the country special prayers were offered for the prosperity, integrity and solidarity of the country, unity of the Muslim Ummah and for the success of the long drawn struggle of the Kashmiris after Fajr prayers.
The main event of the day is a flag hoisting ceremony at the Convention Centre Islamabad where President Mamnoon Hussain will be the chief guest. He will address the nation on the occasion.
President Mamnoon Hussain, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang will jointly unfurl the national flag.
Vice-Premier of the State Council of People’s Republic of China Wang Yang who is on a two-day visit to Pakistan will also address the ceremony.
Flag hoisting ceremonies are also taking 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, banners and buntings to give a festive look.
Change of Guard ceremony was held at the Mazar-e-Quaid in Karachi on Monday morning.
Cadets of Pakistan Navy took over the guard’s duties at the mausoleum.
A change of guards ceremony was also held at Mazar-e-Iqbal in Lahore. A smartly turned out contingent of Pakistan Army took charge as guards from Punjab Rangers.