LAHORE - Pakistan Day will be celebrated with enthusiasm across the country and Pakistan Occupied Kashmir on Monday (today). The nation will reiterate its pledge to make a prosperous, Islamic democratic and welfare state in accordance with the vision of Allama Iqbal and Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah. The day will dawn with 31-gun salute at the federal capital and 21-gun salute at all the provincial capitals and Muzaffarabad. Special prayers will be offered after Fajr prayers for the integrity, solidarity and prosperity of the country, unity of Muslim Ummah and the well being of the people. Prayers will also be offered for peace in the country and political stability and end to the current crisis. The day has been declared a public holiday and the national flag will be hoisted at all the principal public and private buildings. The Pakistan Day parade has been cancelled this year keeping in view the austerity measures. However, all other events will be held to mark the day in a befitting manner. A special investiture ceremony will be held at the Aiwan-e-Sadr where President Asif Ali Zardari will confer civil and military awards to a number of personalities in recognition of their meritorious services. Various social, religious, political, cultural and educational organisations have chalked out programmes to commemorate the day in a befitting manner. Seminars, symposia and cultural shows will be held in major cities and towns to highlight the significance of the day and pay homage to the martyrs of the independence movement. Pakistan Radio and PTV as well private channels will air special programmes reflecting Pakistan Movement while newspapers will bring out special supplements on the day.