The celebrations for 68th Independence Day of Pakistan were kicked off in District Nankana Sahib, Shah Kot and Sangla Hill here the other day.

The people have started decorating their houses, buildings, markets, shops and vehicles with national flags, stickers and fancy lights with enthusiasm meland.

People from all walks of life, including students, youth, rickshaw and taxi drivers were seen buying national flags, stickers, badges carrying photos of national heroes, at bookshops, stalls and markets in historic bazaars of the city. The shopkeepers have set up special colourful stalls with variety of goods, including stickers, badges, buntings, national flags, banners and pictures of national heroes. Mushtaq Ahmed Sandho, a retired government employee, was buying badges and stickers for their children, besides national flags. Talking to this scribe, he said that 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 cri shortages.

He said that the security forces were fighting against terrorists in North Waziristan Agency, and they should be fully backed by all. He said that it was not a time for protests and sit-ins, rather the democratic system should be strengthened.

The political parties, public and private organizations 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 District have been planned. The PML-N planned several functions in connection with the Independence Day celebrations which will continue for one month.

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.