PESHAWAR - Like other parts of the country, Independence Day of the motherland will be celebrated with zeal and fervor today (Tuesday) in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Fata.

Flags hoisting ceremony will also be held at Chief Minister’s House and Governor’s House. In this connection, different organizations and political parties have arranged functions, wherein a large number of people belonging to various fields of life will participate.

The Directorate of Archaeology & Museums is going to celebrate the Independent Day, about which the Directorate decided that Peshawar Museum will be open on August 14 (today) and the entry will be free. It said the officers concerned will be available to guide and provide necessary information to the visitors about museums, its collections and other needed information.

Moreover, the Directorate would organise and exhibited photographic exhibition, which yielded the photographs of the historical monuments and archaeological sites and the photographs of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan. These photographs will shed a welcome light on the past of Pakistan mainly on independence moment for the creation of Pakistan.

The University of Peshawar has also arranged a graceful ceremony in connection with 14th August Celebrations. The ceremony would start at 8:00 am from a Flag Hoisting Ceremony to be held in front of Main Administration Building of the University of Peshawar. This would be followed by a Guard of Honour by Campus Police Corps.

A formal function after this (in the Convocation Hall) would comprise Hamds, Naats, national songs and speech competition among students.

Meanwhile, on the eve of the 14th August 2012 and Eid-ul-Fitr celebrations, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Prisons, Mian Nisar Gul has granted special remission of 60 days to all the prisoners confined in all jails of the province subject to usual restrictions under the prisons rules.

Meanwhile, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Governor, Barrister Masood Kausar has extended congratulations to all the countrymen on the occasion of Independence Day of Pakistan falling on Tuesday (today).

In his message on the occasion, he said, “August 14 is a joyous and glorious day for Muslims of the sub-continent fulfilling the ambitions of the Muslims of India for an independent homeland. Sixty five years down the line it has been a struggle with challenges to fulfill the promise our founding Quaid and his dedicated team held dear to their heart and strived for. Successes have also been the hallmark, whether in science, education, sports or other fields but those have been less than what we aimed for. We have become an atomic power but democracy is yet to flourish truly in our country.

On this occasion, which has come in the holy month of Ramazan, as it had been in 1947, I wish all my countrymen in general and Pakistanis from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Fata in particular, a very happy independence day. Let us commit today with ironclad resolve to support a democratic, peace-loving and tolerant Pakistan. Let us set aside our differences and excel as a nation in economic and social sectors. Let us carve out our name in sports, culture, literature and science. Fraternity, mainstreaming of women and minorities, provision of quick and affordable justice, social justice and safety nets should be the corner stone of our statehood.

Lets reaffirm our sustained commitment for a better and brighter future for the coming generations.

Lastly, but most importantly, let us solemnly remember the sacrifices of civilians and the men in uniform for creation of this country, and thereafter, for its defence against all threats, internal and external”.