I-Day preparations gain momentum amid fear of political turmoil

KARACHI: Preparations for celebrating the Independence Day on August 14 started gaining momentum amid reports of political turmoil that has already set in motion in Karachi and other parts of the country.Violent scuffles in different parts of Punjab between Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) workers and Punjab police started. On the other hand, Imran Khan seemed not seceding from Azadi March, announced for August 14 towards Islamabad.Such incidents were marring the activity of Independence Day in many cities and towns especially in Punjab.In Karachi and Sindh interior stalls stocked with national flags, buntings, badges, flag pins, stickers and clothes depicting patriotic symbols have been set up in large number near markets, streets and at roundabouts.Pakistanis living abroad would gather in their respective places and attend ceremonies in connection with Independence Day celebration, reports said. In Karachi, the occasion is scheduled to be started with 21 gun salute early in the morning followed by a grand gathering at the mausoleum of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammed Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan.City administration has already chalked out programmes. Sindh Cabinet members including chief minister and governor Sindh will visit Quaid’s Mazar. National flag would be hoisted, pigeons would be set free, students of different schools would present tableaus and sing national songs while they would be given Independence Day gifts by the administration at the Mazar. Popular singers would also present national songs on the occasion.Besides, all the Sindh government buildings, including Sindh Assembly and Sindh Secretariat would be decorated with alighted lamps on the eve.A number of events would be held in parts of the city as well. Schools and colleges would celebrate the day by organising special programmes in this regard. Children would dress up with patriotically attire, make-draw face paintings and special dishes would be cooked at homes, the most favourite spot for the youth Sae View Clifton would remain closed on this occasion.Men would wear white kurta and women white clothes with green dupattas and young men prefer to wear T-shirts depicting flags etc or tie a flag around their chest would be seen riding unsilencered motorbikes. People adore their vehicles, houses, offices and schools with buntings and national flags.

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