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Independence Day celebrations enters third day with great zeal

ISLAMABAD: The 30-day celebrations of the 68th Independence Day entered its third day with a number of colourful activities being arranged across the country with great zeal and enthusiasm.The celebrations were started from August 1 across the country with prayers in mosques for the progress and prosperity of the country. The assortment of ceremonies, which began on August 1 (Friday), would continue during the entire month and all the Pakistanis would raise the national flag on their homes and vehicles. During the night of August 13, there would be a march-past and fly-past in front of the Parliament House. The Independence Day would celebrations would finish with a 21-gun salute and special prayers for the country.A national flag-hoisting ceremony would be held, either at the Aiwan-i-Sadr or the Convention Centre. Azadi walks have also been planned in different cities on the Independence Day. Besides this, musical bands would be playing the national tunes across the country. Similarly, ceremonies and events would be held abroad in the Pakistan diplomatic missions. According to the government, all parliamentarians would be asked to visit the graves of the martyrs in their respective areas and lay wreaths, offer prayers, and mee t their families to express solidarity.Special programmes would also be held for the internally displaced persons (IDPs) to express solidarity with them. The federal government has informed the chief ministers, chief secretaries, Azad Jammu and Kashmir prime minister, Gilgit Baltistan chief minister, and the Capital Development Authority’s (CDA) chairman to issue special instructions to impressively celebrate the Independence Day events and express solidarity with the armed forces and the IDPs. Pakistan Railways would run a special train that would begin its journey from Peshawar on August 11, which would end its journey after reaching Karachi.Two compartments of the train would be allocated to the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) for highlighting the freedom movement and sacrifices of the armed forces. One compartment would be allocated to the Pakistan Railways to highlight the Pakistan’s history, while another one would be allocated to the Ministry of Information. Six floats at the train would represent the culture of all the four provinces, Azad Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan. The governors of all the four provinces and foreign diplomats would also visit the train.Sports competitions, including wrestling and cricket would be held at the district and Tehsil levels, in connection with the Independence Day, while a national Mushaira, debate contests, and a national conference would also be held. A separate youth conference, coordinated by Minister for Planning Ahsan Iqbal would also be held. In addition, there would be national song contests across schools, colleges, and universities. The government has sought the help of the civil society, non-governmental organisations, bars, professional organisations, and religious leaders for maximum participation in the celebrations. 

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