Islamabad: Pakistan on Monday marked 70 years of independence with a nationalistic display as government officials and military top brass participated in flag-hoisting ceremonies and laying wreaths at symbolic monuments across the country.
President Mamnoon Hussain in his speech at a ceremony held at the Jinnah Convention Center said that the hoisting of the national flag was to pay tributes to the historic struggle of the leaders of Independence Movement and urged the nation to bury their differences and get united for the stability and unity.
Chinese deputy premier Wang Yang also participated as a chief guest in the Independence Day Celebrations, addressing a crowd of top government and military officials at Islamabad’s Convention Centre.
PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, along with top generals and foreign dignitaries, presided over a 31-gun salute and flag-raising ceremony. Abbasi in his address to the nation said that The independence that we got 70 years ago was the fruit of the exemplary struggle of our ancestors.”
While COAS vowed to wipe out terrorists and dismantle their hideouts in his independence day message to the nation after hoisting the largest national flag at Wagha border amid patriotic slogans. The Pakistan Air Force organized one of its largest air shows in the country’s history, with visiting aerobatic teams from Turkey and Saudi Arabia joining in the display in Islamabad. A second air show was held at Karachi’s Seaview beach.
In Karachi the day begun when the cadets of Pakistan Naval Academy performed the ceremonial guards’ duty at the mausoleum of Founder of Pakistan, Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah.
In Lahore, students cruised through the eastern city´s streets on motorbikes waving flags and screaming “Long live Pakistan!”
Azaadi Parade was held in connection with the Independence Day at the Bugti stadium to mark Independence day, where one-minute silence for the Quetta martyrs was observed during the event. National songs played during the event boosted the spirits of the participants, who pledged to foil every conspiracy against the country.
Nation celebrated the festive occasion with fireworks, face-painting, eccentric get-ups, and other fun and games. Salute of 31 guns in the federal and 21 gun salute in provincial capitals marked the day . Special prayers were offered for the prosperity, integrity and solidarity of the country, unity of the Muslim Ummah and success of the long drawn struggle of Kashmiris after Fajr prayers.