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Nation celebrates 74th Independence Day today

VOFNEWS– The Pakistani nation celebrates 74th Independence Day on Friday with renewed pledge to work with the spirit of Pakistan Movement to make the country a true Islamic welfare state.

Prayers are being offered for security and progress of Pakistan and well-being of the people. National flag is hoisting at all important public and private buildings.

The main feature of the celebrations will be a national flag hoisting ceremonies at President House Islamabad, and provincial, divisional and district headquarters throughout the country.

Public and private buildings as well as streets, bazaars and markets have been profusely illuminated and decorated with National flags, portraits of founding fathers, posters.

Radio Pakistan has also prepared comprehensive programmes to celebrate the day.

Tech giant Google, following its tradition, today marked Pakistan’s Independence Day by dedicating a doodle on its homepage.

The doodle is green in colour and shows the historic Khojak Tunnel Balochistan.

In the past, Google’s doodles have drawn inspiration from the Lahore Fort, Khyber Pass and the Indus Valley Civilization.

LAHORE

A special ceremony was held in connection with Independence Day at Hazoori Bagh in Lahore on Friday where Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar hoisted the national flag.

The day dawned with 21-gun salute in the provincial metropolis followed by a graceful change of guard ceremony at Mazar e Iqbal.

A graceful change of guard ceremony was also held at mausoleum of Dr Allama Muhammad Iqbal in connection with the Independence Day.

A smartly turned out contingent of Pakistan Army assumed the guard duties at the Mazar-e-Iqbal.

KARACHI

In Karachi, the main event of a change of guard ceremony took place at Mazar of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah.

A smartly turned out contingent includes 64 cadets of Pakistan Navy assumed the honorary guard duties.  

Governor Sindh Imran Ismail, Chief Minister Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah, Cabinet members and other high rankings officials attended the ceremony.     

The day dawned in the provincial capital with 21 gun-salutes while special prayers were offered at mosques for the country’s safety prosperity and development.

KHYBER PAKHTUNKHWA

In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the main function in connection with 74th Independence Day was held at Police Lines, Peshawar on Friday.

Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mahmood Khan hoisted the national flag at the ceremony.

Collective prayers were made for development and prosperity of the country and liberation of Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

Flag hoisting ceremonies were also held at Divisional and District Administration offices across the province.

Earlier in the morning, twenty-one gun salutes were fired in provincial capital Peshawar to mark the Independence Day.

QUETTA

In Quetta, main flag hoisting ceremony was held at the lawn of Balochistan Assembly this morning where Chief Minister Balochistan Jam Kamal Khan hoisted the national flag. 

The day was dawn with twenty on gun salute in the provincial capital while special prayers were offered for progress and prosperity of the country.

The flag hoisting ceremonies were also held at Governor House Quetta, Balochistan High Court and Radio Pakistan Quetta Station. 

AJK

In AJK, main flag hoisting ceremony of the Independence Day was held at the President House in Muzaffarabad.

AJK President Sardar Masood Khan hoisted the national flag. AJK Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider Khan, cabinet and legislative assembly members, notables of the city and other high-ranking civil and military officials attended the ceremony.

National anthems of both Pakistan and Azad Kashmir were played while a smart contingent of police presented salute.

Earlier, the day dawned with 21 gun salutes in the state capital Muzaffarabad.

GILGIT-BALTISTAN

In Gilgit-Baltistan, main flag hoisting ceremony was held in Historic Chinar garden in Gilgit.

Caretaker Chief Minister Mir Afzal Khan hoisted national flag and laid wreath at Yadgar-e-Shuhada. 

A smartly turn out contingent of GB police presented guard of honor at Yadgar. CM on the occasion unveiled new political map of Pakistan in Chinar Garden.

Soon after the ceremony, Azadi rally was brought out from City Park which passing through main road culminated at Public Chowk in Jutial, Gilgit.

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