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Independence Day celebrations kick off in KP, FATA


PESHAWAR: With the start of the month of August, celebrations for 68th Independence Day of Pakistan were kicked off in Khyber Pakthunkhwa and Federally Adminsitred Tribal Areas (FATA) on Friday.
The people have started decorating their houses, buildings, markets, shops and vehicles with national flags, stickers and fancy lights with enthusiasm to express their love with the homeland.
People from all walks of life, including students, youth, rickshaw and taxi drivers etc in large number were seen buying national flags, stickers, badges carrying photos of national heroes, at bookshops, stalls and markets in historic Qisa Khwani and Laiquat bazaars of the city. Keeping in view the zeal and enthusiasm of people, the shopkeepers have set up special colourful stalls with variety of goods, including stickers, badges, buntings, national flags, banners and pictures of national heroes.
“I came Qisakhwani Bazaar from Nowshera to buy 200 stickers and badges for myself, brothers, sisters, friends and class fellows as part of Independence Day celebrations,” Ehtisam Qaiser, a second year student of a private college in Peshawar, told APP.
“Like the past, I will celebrate the independence day with my friends and class fellows with full national spirit,” he added. He said he and his cousins would be Peshawar on August 14 to take part in the national flag hoisting ceremony.
Misal Khan, a retired government employee, was buying badges and stickers for their children, besides national flags, at Laiqat Bazaar.Talking to APP, she said 68 years ago on August 14, Pakistan came into being due to the struggle and sacrifices of Muslims of the Sub-continent under the leadership of Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.
Today, he said, Pakistan was confronted with a number of challenges including of law and order, IDPs issue, energy shortage etc and the entire nation should extend full support to the government to address the same.
He said the security forces were fighting the terrorists in North Waziristan Agency, and they should be fully backed by all.
He said it was not a time for protests and sit-ins, rather the democratic system should be strengthened.
The owners and drivers of cars, rickshaws, motorcycles and busses also started decorating their vehicles with national flags and stickers.
The political parties, public and private organizations have planned scores of events to celebrate the Independence Day in a befitting manner. Rallies, processions, exhibitions and colorful functions in all small and major towns and cities of the province have been planned.
The PML-N Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have planned several functions in connection with the Independence Day celebrations, which will continue for one month. The celebrations will be held at provincial, district and tehsil levels.
The members of parliament, district presidents, general secretaries, office bearers, ticket holders and workers of PMLN will display stickers and badges of Pakistan and hoist national flags on their houses, shops, vehicles and motorcycles on this historic occasion.
Meetings, rallies, seminars, talks shows and cake cutting functions will be held at district and tehsil levels, in which general public will also be invited.
On the evening of August 13, candles will be lit for the martyrs of Pakistan Movement and war against terror at public places in which public representatives, besides general public and media representatives, will also be invited. 

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