ISLAMABAD: The nation celebrated 67th Independence Day on Wednesday with renewedpassion and abiding commitment to safeguarding the country against any threat and re-dedication towards nation-building in accordance with the vision of the founding father, Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.
The day dawned with 31 gun salute in the federal and 21 gun salute at the provincial capitals.
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.
People decorated their houses and alleys with lights and buntings and hoisted the national flags. Beautiful and attractive fireworks were displayed in all cities especially in Karachi at Sea-view beach and at Minar-e-Pakistan, Lahore.
There was public holiday throughout the country. The main event of the day was flag hoisting ceremony at Convention Center in Islamabad‚ where Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was the chief guest.
Flag hoisting ceremonies were also held at the provincial capitals and district headquarters besides other important national institutions.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif performed flag hoisting in the central ceremony of Independence Day in the federal capital Islamabad and
General Secretary United Nation Ban Ki-moon participated in the ceremony. The guests amused at the tunes of national anthems presented by male and female students.
Chairman Senate, Speaker National Assembly, Opposition Leaders, Federal Ministers, Members of parliament, Chairman Joint Chief of Staff Committee, military brass, foreign ambassadors, citizens and students from schools and collages participated in the ceremony. .
Meanwhile, President Asif Ali Zardari said in his message to the nation on the occasion of 67th Independence Day that the day demands to learn a lesson from the mistakes of past. He said that we should promise to make Pakistan a modern, developing and democratic state in the real meanings. Moreover, President said that they would have to eradicate extremists and terrorists.
Nawaz Sharif said in message to the nation that Pakistan is our identity. Many people were martyred for gaining this identity. He said that today they present greetings to their well-wishers. He said the coming generations would not forgive us if we did not correct our mistakes.
The ambassador of US in Pakistan Rachard Olsan also congratulated the nation on the Independence Day. In his message, he said that US is determined in supporting Pakistanis in gaining State objectives.
On the Independence Day the chief ministers from Sindh, Punjab and Baluchistan hoisted the flags. The ceremonies regarding the Independence Day were held in the provincial capitals.
Governor Sindh Dr Eshratul Ebad and Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah performed flag hoisting in the terrains of Quaid tomb and national anthem was chanted.
Chief Minister Sindh said on the occasion that all the issues could be resolved through power of the masses. Governor Sindh Dr Eshratul Ebad vowed to take out the nation from the crisis.
CM Punjab Shahbaz Sharif attended flag hoisting ceremony in the Iqbal House Lahore. In his address, he said they would lose independence if they did not overcome the crisis. He said that political independence is meaningless without the economic independence.
CM Baluchistan Dr Abdul Malik hoisted flag at the provincial assembly. He invited the extremists for dialogue on the Independence Day.
Chief Justice Dost Muhammad in Peshawar High Court and Provincial Minister for Health Shoukat Yousafzai performed flag hoisting at police line.
Meanwhile, overseas Pakistanis and Pakistani missions abroad also celebrated Independence Day in their respective countries and organized different functions in this regard.
Rain throughout the country hampered celebrations, particularly in Lahore where over 70 feeders tripped at the same time. In Karachi however, the rain drenched walls of the Quaid-e-Azam’s mausoleum did not deter one young man from scaling the monument — a feat reportedly never achieved without support before.
The Jamaatud Dawa chose the today to mark a protest against India, burning the Indian flag in Karachi.