LAHORE - The nation will celebrate 64th Independence Day today (Saturday) with the mixed feelings of grief and happiness. The day is being celebrated in the midst of natural disaster the country is suffering from at the present. Notwithstanding, the spirited people of the country are all set to celebrate it with simplicity. Due to flood situation, the government has already announced to celebrate the day with simplicity. Various public and private departments have chalked out special programmes to accumulate funds for the flood affectees. The security has also been beefed up by the law enforcement agencies in the City, however, no illumination or fireworks will be carried out at the private and public places. A great jubilation and activity is witnessed on the night of Independence Day but this time it will be quite a different scene. The families, children and youth will not be holding any merrymaking activity when millions of their countrymen were stuck up in the merciless floodwater in three provinces of the country. Most of the Lahorites are busy in relief camps established at all major points in the provincial metropolis by political parties, NGOs and traders unions to collect the eatables, medicines and clothes for the displaced persons. The day will start with special prayers for the homeland and martyrs of the Pakistan Movement. Flag hosting ceremonies will be held at Mizar-e-Iqbal, Governor House, CM House, Wagha Border and other important places in the City. People will gather at Iqbal Park (Minaar-e-Pakistan), Lahore fort, Bagh-e-Jinnah, Lahore Zoo and such other places to celebrate the Independence Day. The citizens have already started sharing messages on their mobile phones regarding congratulations on I-Day and appeal for flood victims. Editor-in-Chief TheNation and Chairman Nazaria Pakistan Trust (NPT) Majid Nizami will host flag at Aiwan-e-Karkunan Tehrik-e-Pakistan at 10 am. A special sitting will also be held which will be addressed by the workers of Pakistan Movement. Since Pakistan gained independence in 1947, the people of the country were being plundered by the corrupt political elite, landlords, industrialists, mullas, dictators and civil and military bureaucracy but this time severe floods had also multiplied miseries of the people on the occasion of I-Day, a university professor said. No matter how difficult the time is, we are writing the history of courage and determination while facing every trouble. One day we will emerge as victorious overcoming the present challenges, he said. Himayat-e-Islam to celebrate I-Day in a simple manner All affiliated institutions of the Anjuman Himayat-e-Islam (AHI) will celebrate countrys 64th Independence Day with simplicity in view of the massive devastation caused by recent torrential rains and flash floods. Anjuman President Justice (r) Manzoor Hussain Sial will hoist national flag at the AHI building in a simple ceremony along with other office-bearers of the organisation. Students residing at Darul Shafqat have also been invited to be present on the occasion. At the end of the ceremony, a special prayer would be held to seek God Almightys blessings for prosperity and integrity of the country besides praying for the departed souls of those who lost their lives in recent floods.