Independence Day celebrations start gaining momentum

ISLAMABAD: The walls in the twin cities are giving a glittering look these days as the youth are painting the Independence Day paintings on these walls to express their love for the country. The gorgeous paintings also show strength of hope as being united, besides highlighting the youth’s determination to add great value to the country with their contributions as true Pakistanis. Every painting is an effort and a masterpiece in itself, showing the positive side of life and soft image of the country. Most of the youth taking part in the wall paintings hail from various schools, colleges, and universities of the twin cities.The paintings contain writings such as ‘14th August Happy Independence Day’, ‘14th August to celebrate harmony, equality, peace’, ‘Love your freedom, Love your Pakistan’, ‘Jashn-e-Azadi Mubarak’, ‘Happy Independence Day Pakistan’, ‘Sab Say Pehlay Pakistan’, and ‘Freedom is the right to live as you wish’. Noreen, a student of MA Economics, while sharing her idea of freedom said, “Independence of Pakistan is not only the sense of belonging, but a sense of contribution and existence in every step that our nation takes.” Mumtaz Ali, a student of BA, who was busy in painting a wall in the capital said, “Independence means the freedom of choice in whatever we do. It is a great gift given to us by our forefather.”Meanwhile, the government’s 30-day celebrations to mark the Independence Day, which began on the 1st, are in full swing. The government, last month had announced to hold a range of ceremonies. The assortment of the ceremonies would continue during the entire month. The citizens have started raising national flag on their homes and vehicles. On the eve of the Independence Day, there would be a march past and fly past in front of the Parliament House. The Independence Day would dawn 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 in different parks across the country. Similar ceremonies and events would also 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 meet their families to express solidarity. Special programmes would be also held for the internally displaced persons (IDPs) to express solidarity with them.Pakistan Railways would run a special Azadi Train, which would begin its journey from Peshawar on the 11th and after covering a distance of 4,000 kilometres, would reach Karachi on September 11.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 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.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 contest and a national conference on Quaidi Azam’s concept of Pakistan would also be held.

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