The nation celebrated the Independence Day Wednesday with a renewed pledge to rededicate its efforts towards nation-building as envisioned by Father of the Nation Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.
The day dawned with thirty one-gun salute in the federal capital and twenty one-gun salute at the provincial capitals.
Sirens were played at 8.59 am and all moving traffic on road‚ rail and sea came to a halt for one minute.
Flag hoisting ceremonies were held at the provincial capitals and district headquarters besides other important national institutions.
A smartly-dressed contingent of Pakistan Naval Academy took over charge of guard duty at a change of guard ceremony at Mazar-e-Quaid in Karachi.
Commodore of Pakistan Navy Zahid Ilyas laid a floral wreath at the Mazar and offered Fatiha.A change of guard ceremony was also held at Mazar-e-Iqbal.
A Pakistan army squad took the guards' responsibilities from Rangers.
Garrison Commander Major General Shahid Baig Mirza laid a floral wreath at the Mazar and offered Fatiha.
Special programs were aired to highlight the importance of independence and struggle by our forefathers for an independent country.
Newspapers e also published special editions to highlight significance of the Day .
President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif in their separate messages on the Independence Day have urged the nation to jointly work for a progressive‚ tolerant‚ moderate and pluralistic Pakistan .