LAHORE - The Punjab government and the City District Government Lahore (CDGL) have finalised arrangements to celebrate the Pakistan Day with national zeal and fervour today.

The day will be started with special prayers in mosques for the peace and progress of Pakistan, while religious scholars will highlight significance of the occasion in their sermons.

The City District Government Lahore, following the instructions by the Punjab government, has finalized a comprehensive plan to celebrate the day in a befitting manner.

A national parade Azm-e-Pakistan will be held from the Liberty roundabout to Jail Road in which officials of police, Civil Defence, scouts and students of the colleges will participate.

Azm-e-Pakistan Parade will be held at Liberty Roundabout where different cultural events of the four provinces and Kashmir and Gilgit will be presented. Faryad Band and Jail police band also will present performances in the parade.

This parade will start from Liberty Roundabout and end at the same place after passing through Main Market Gulberg in which officials of police, civil defence, scouts and students of the colleges will participate. Different shows will be organised besides musical shows, marching parades, horse dance, police parade, floats depicting culture of Pakistan, heavy bikes and vintage cars rally would be part of parade.

Punjab Women Development Department will also organize different events including rallies, lectures and seminars to highlight the participation of women in the Pakistan movement. Pakistan Television, Radio Pakistan and all news channels will telecast special programmes to highlight the significance of the day in the history of sub continent while newspapers will publish special supplements.

Lahore Waste Management Company (LWMC) will organise a Grand Fleet March comprising floats, branded buses and machinery across the city. The LWMC ID fleet will visit landmarks i.e. Egerton Road, Chairing Cross, Minar-e-Pakistan.

Several activities including hoisting of national flags, setting up of camps will be part of the celebrations.

According to sources of the district administration, floral wreaths will be laid at the grave of Dr Allama Muhammad Iqbal, as well as of the martyred soldiers and officers of security forces who sacrificed their lives for national defence and sovereignty.

Punjab Government in collaboration with the National College of the Arts, Punjab University, University of Engineering and Technology (UET), Lahore College for Women

University (LCWU) and other institutions organized drawing and painting competitions at Alhamra to highlight the struggle for the creation of Pakistan. A large number of students from these institutions displayed their products. This exhibition will continue till March 23.

Banners and posters inscribed with statements about the Pakistan Resolution, Independence Movement and establishment of Pakistan will be displayed at all main roads and chowks.

Alhamra Arts Council will organise a stage play, paintings exhibitions, speech and national songs competitions, seminars in collaboration with education institutions and NGOs.

All the major religious and political parties including PML-N, PTI,JI,PPP,JUP and others will organize functions to mark the day with national zeal and spirit.