LAHORE – The 66th Independence Day of Pakistan is being celebrated with due exuberance, national spirit and pomp and show throughout the country, AJK and Held Kashmir today (Tuesday), which is also a public holiday.

August 14, 1947, underlines the triumph of those politicians, who under the guidance of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah made tireless efforts to create a separate homeland for the Muslims liberating them from the repression and yoke of slavery of the British. Men, women and children throughout Pakistan celebrate Independence Day to pay their respect to those patriotic leaders because of whom this nation is breathing an air of freedom. On this day, people from all religions come together as one and celebrate this important moment of their history.

Pakistan’s appearance on the map of the world is such a great achievement for which our great Quaid would be remembered forever in the hearts of all communities of Pakistan. The Day will also be celebrated by the Pakistanis living in US, Middle East, UK and other European countries.

The Day will dawn with the salutation of 31 guns in the Federal Capital and 21 guns in the provincial capitals. After Fajr prayers, special Dua will be offered for long life of the country, its development and progress as well as prosperity of the nation. The whole nation will stand up at 8:58am to sing in chorus national anthem after blow of the siren. Change of guard will take place at the Mausoleum of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah in Karachi and Allama Muhammad Iqbal in Lahore while flag hoisting ceremony will be held at the Parliament Building, Aiwan-e-Sadar, Prime Minister House, Provincial Assemblies, Chief Minister’s House, Governor’s House, Supreme Court and High Court buildings, and all other government departments and the private places to pay respect to the beloved country and renew pledge to protect its independence, sovereignty, and integrity at all costs. Not that flags will also be hoisted at the houses, and public and private transport.

The current is the third Independence Day falling in Ramazan; however, this time much closer to 27th of Ramazan which coincided with August 14 in 1947, when the nation carved out a separate homeland for itself giving lakhs of sacrifices.

President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari is out to Saudi Arabia to attend the Islamic Summit which has been convened primarily on the issue of killing of Rohangaya Muslims of Myanmar in addition to discussing other issue confronting the Ummah in the world.

Different programmes, seminars, conferences, discussions, debate and poetic competition have been arranged throughout the country to pay homage to the founding father Muhammad Ali Jinnah and his companions for their struggle for an independent state for the Muslims of the sub-continent. Not that but photo exhibitions parades and public meetings have also been organised by various organisations in addition to sports competitions and literary and social activities to commemorate the Independence Day. The educational institutions will also arrange special programmes to mark the Independence Day. Lok Virsa (National Institute of Folk and Traditional Heritage) has announced to hold special programmes to mark the Independence Day celebrations falling on 14th August 2012.TV channels and radio will broadcast special programme corresponding with Day.

A main function with respect to the Independence Day in the city has been organized jointly by Nazaria Pakistan Trust and Tehrik-e-Pakistan Workers Trust at Aiwan-e-Karkunan-e-Tehrik-e-Pakistan where chairman of the trust Majid Nizami will also hoist Pakistan flag.

In the federal capital, CDA has made comprehensive arrangements for celebrating the Independence Day. The authority has organized a colourful event in the Fatima Jinnah F-9 Park, which is marked by a grand display of fireworks.

An aerobatic show will be held at Minar-e-Pakistan (Iqbal Park) where the Deputy Speaker Punjab Assembly Rana Mashood Ahmad Khan will be the chief guest.

Preparations in to celebrate the day with traditional zeal and enthusiasm has been continuing in all cities and districts of the country over the last many days. Despite fasting the passion of the people is not dull to mark the day.

People, especially children, are enthusiastically are purchasing national flags, buntings, posters, stickers and candles to decorate their homes on the Day.

All important government buildings, including the Parliament House, Supreme Court of Pakistan, PM’s House, Presidency, Pakistan Secretariat and Faisal Mosque have been illuminated as part of the Independence Day celebrations.

Special stalls have been set up in every nook and corner of the city for the sale of national flags, colourful buntings, banners and pictures of national heroes who made tireless efforts to achieve an independent State for the Muslims.

The most enthusiastic are the children who are busy collecting stickers, badges and also beautifying their bicycles with special stickers inscribed with messages of Independence Day. A large number of them have planned to show tattoo of Pakistani flags on their face.

Special prizes on this occasion are awarded to those who decorate and illuminate their building beautifully.

Elaborate security arrangements have been made in the city as well as to control the traffic at the main arteries especially Shahra-e-Quaid-e-Azam in the city.

Traffic wardens have been directed to impound motorcycles of one-wheelers and of those take off buffet of the motorcycles creating huge noise.

Chief Traffic Officer (CTO) has issued strict orders have been issued to all the traffic wardens. Directions have been passed to take action against the youngsters found moving on the city roads on altered motorcycles especially prepared for one wheeling should be impounded.

Under special arrangements, traffic officials are also being deployed at various points.

Nation celebrates Independence with zeal today