ISLAMABAD - Preparations for the 66th Independence Day to be celebrated Tuesday are in full swing in twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad.

People from various walks of life have decorated their houses with national flags and the buildings, city shopping centres, bazaars and all the main roads are also being adorned with flags and fancy lights.

Vendors have set up stalls for the sale of colourful bunties, national flags, banners and picture of national heroes who struggled day and night to achieve a common goal.

Capital Development Authority (CDA) has also finalised comprehensive programmes for celebrating the Independence Day of the country. The authority would organize a colourful event in the Fatima Jinnah F-9 Park marked with display of the fireworks which is expected to be participated by the hundreds of thousand people from the Islamabad and other areas of the country.

The most enthusiastic are children who are busy collecting stickers, badges and also beautifying their bicycles with special stickers inscribed with messages of Independence Day.

Strict security measures would also be adopted in the federal capital. In this regard the police has chalked out a comprehensive plan under which more than 500 policemen would be performing their duties.

Police deployment would be increased at important buildings, public places, shopping malls and markets to avoid any untoward incident.

Traffic police would also be deployed at various places to avoid traffic mess and ensure smooth flow. Special teams of anti car lifting cell have also been constituted. Strict security would be in place at all exit and entry points of the federal capital.

Meanwhile, City Traffic Police (CTP) has formed special teams to launch grand operation against one-wheelers and racers on the eve of Independence Day (Aug 13-14). Traffic wardens have been directed to impound motorcycles of one-wheelers in respective police stations besides the rules violators should be sent behind the bars.

Chief Traffic Officer (CTO) Superintendent of Police (SP) Syed Ishtiaq Shah said that strict orders have been issued to all the traffic wardens, inspectors, deputy superintendents of police (DSPs) of all sectors that no one should be spared and all the youngsters particularly those found moving on the city roads on altered motorcycles, especially prepared for one-wheeling, should be impounded.

He said those found involved in the activity will be sent behind the bars under section 99/A. He said traffic police officers were directed to keep a vigilant eye on the one-wheelers especially on August 14 so that action in accordance with the law could be taken against them. Under special arrangements, traffic officials are being deployed at various points.

Meanwhile, 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.

Lok Virsa’s Executive Director Khalid Javaid informed that the day will start with a flag hoisting ceremony in the morning.

“A special exhibition of artisans-at-work featuring master craftsmen/women in the specialized fields of Kashmiri shawl, Namda/gabba, papier mache, truck art, wax printing, Multani embroidery, traditional doll making and Zari work will be on display at the Pakistan National Museum of Ethnology, popularly known as Heritage Museum, at Garden Avenue, Shakaparian. A group of traditional drummers (Dholis) attired in colourful costumes will also perform throughout the day at the Lok Virsa premises” he added.

Khalid Javaid further added “in order to attract maximum number of visitors/ public in the special activities arranged marking the occasion, Lok Virsa has also offered a special rebate of fifty percent on entry tickets for Pakistani adults at the National Heritage Museum and Pakistan Monument Museum, adjacent to National Monument, Shakaparian.”

The celebrations will commence at 10.00 a.m. and conclude at 4.00 p.m. at Lok Virsa complex.

Meanwhile, the Chairman Senate Sayyed Nayyer Hussain Bukhari has extended heartiest felicitations to the entire nation on 66th Independence Day of Pakistan. In his message on this auspicious occasion, the Chairman has said that the nation should become united as one on democratic Principles as it stood with Quaid-i-Azam to achieve their independence through a democratic struggle.

Today the nation should display the same passion, fervour and determination for building Pakistan into a great and strong nation in spite of various challenges facing it.

The Chairman reiterated that nation must join hands to strengthen democratic traditions and for continuity of democratic process in order to deepen its roots that can lead to peace, progress, prosperity and stability for the people of Pakistan.