ISLAMABAD: Pakistani Nation is all set to celebrate 75th Independence Day today as streets and roads all across the country are blooming with the green and white display for celebrating 14th August that marks independence from British colonial rule under the Partition of 1947.
Number of stalls displaying national flags, bunting, pin badges, green and white dresses, toys and other accessories have sprung up as the day nears.
Special security measures have been taken at major avenues across the country to enforce and maintain law and order during Independence Day celebrations.
The government of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) has renewed resolve to work with the spirit of Pakistan Movement to make the country a true Islamic welfare state.
The day will dawn with thirty-one gun salutes in the Federal Capital and twenty-one gun salutes in the provincial headquarters. Prayers will be offered for security and progress of Pakistan and well-being of the people.
Dr. Arif Alvi will be the chief guest at a national flag hoisting ceremony at the President House. Similar flag hoisting ceremonies will also be held at provincial, divisional and district headquarters level throughout the country.
The President will also confer Pakistan Civil Awards on 126 citizens and foreign nationals for showing excellence and courage in their respective fields. These awards include three Nishan-i-Imtiaz, two Hilal-i-Pakistan, six Hilal-i-Imtiaz, four Sitar-i-Pakistan, three Sitara-i-Shuja’at, 17 Sitara-i-Imtiaz, 39 President’s Award for Pride of Performance, three Sitara-i-Quaid-i-Azam, 17 Tamgha-i-Shuja’at, 31Tamgha-i-Imtiaz, and one Tamgha-i-Quaid-i-Azam.
In his Independence Day message, Punjab CM Usman Buzdar expressed solidarity with oppressed Kashmiris of Indian who illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir and asserted that no power on the earth could separate Kashmiris from Pakistan.
“Today, we also remember the martyrs and the nation should stand united for collective betterment while following the golden principles of unity, faith, and discipline of Quaid-e-Azam,” he added.
The chief minister said every citizen should pledge to make Pakistan great and prosperous with diligence.