Citizens of twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi celebrate Independence Day with passion and zest
ISLAMABAD – Residents of the twin cities celebrated the 69th Independence Day today (Sunday) with amazing passion and fervour.
National flags were seen hoisted on rooftops, while motorists, motorcyclists and public transporters mounted Pakistani flags on their vehicles. On the eve of 14 August 2016, Islamabad Metropolitan Corporation held spectacular fireworks.
The day dawned with a thirty-one gun salute in Islamabad and a twenty-one gun salute in other provincial capitals. Special prayers were held at mosques for peace, prosperity and solidarity of the country.
The main ceremony of Independence Day was held at the Convention Center in Islamabad.
President Mamnoon Hussain, who is the chief guest on the occasion along with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, hoisted the national flag.
Addressing the flag-hoisting ceremony in connection with Independence Day celebrations, President Mamnoon Hussain said menace of terrorism will be eliminated from the country by carrying out decisive actions with a renewed determination.
Earlier, the President along with Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif unfurled the national flag.
The civic agencies CD, RDA, Islamabad Metropolitan Corporation, police and district administration have taken necessary steps to tackle any unfavorable incident.
Different functions and seminars were also being organised by educational institutes to mark the day.
The Capital Development Authority (CDA) arranged an Azadi Mela at Fatima Jinnah Park. During the three-day Azadi Mela, musical and cultural shows were held and stalls were set up at the venue.
An Azadi Tourist Train set off from F-9 Park at 5pm on Saturday taking people to and from the Lake View Park.
Meanwhile, Hashoo Foundation in Rawalpindi also held huge celebrations on Pakistan’s Independence Day 2016 which was attended by children mostly.
A cultural show/ musical evening titled ‘Shukriya Pakistan’ was arranged by Pakistan National Council of the Arts at its Auditorium to celebrate the independence day of Pakistan. The program was devised to educate youth about the significance of independence, the struggle and sacrifices of our elders for an independent homeland Pakistan.
Famous artists from all over the country particularly Muhammad Ali and Sonia Azeem from Islamabad, Bano Rehmat from Kashmir, Shina Gull from KPK, Bashir Baloch from Balochistan, Tufail Sanjarani from Sindh and Shahida Minni from Panjab participated in the show and presented national songs, anthems and folk tunes. The performances were greatly appreciated by the audience.
The Director General PNCA, Syed Iftikhar Hussain Babar, informed media that PNCA is working for the promotion of art and culture in the country and such programs are aimed to strengthen national solidarity, promote peace and harmony in the society.
PNCA will continue Independence Day celebrations and the children of the twin cities have been invited to participate in a Cultural Show on August 18 at 10:00 AM at PNCA Auditorium to express their love with the country through speeches, national songs, skits and tableaus. A Magic show is part of the program to entertain the children.
A special stage play on the theme of independence is also part of the program, which shall be staged on August 20 at PNCA Auditorium.
Highlights of the Independence Day celebration: