Nation celebrates 62nd Independence Day today
The nation will celebrate the 62ND anniversary of its independence today (Friday) with traditional enthusiasm and renewed pledge to make the country prosperous and strong. The day has been declared a public holiday
The day will dawn with a 31-gun salute in Islamabad and with 21-gun salute at provincial capitals. Special prayers will be offered for the integrity and solidarity of the country and unity of Ummah.
A two-minute silence will be observed at 8.58am when sirens will herald the start of flag hoisting ceremonies throughout the country. All traffic will come to a standstill for one minute.
The main ceremony will be held in the Jinnah Convention Centre where Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani is expected to unfurl the national flag, besides deliver his message to the nation for the day. Schoolchildren will sing national songs on the occasion.
Similar ceremonies will be held at provincial capitals, district and tehsil headquarters, Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Northern Areas, Pakistan missions abroad, Joint Staff Headquarters, GHQ, Formation Headquarters and Quarter Guard of all units. National anthem will be played.
Change of Guard will take place at the mausoleums of Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and Allama Iqbal.
Social, cultural, religious, political and educational organizations have chalked out various programmes to mark the day in a befitting manner and pay homage to national heroes and martyrs of the freedom movement.
All government buildings have been illuminated across the city while some private buildings will also be adorned with colourful lights on the Independence Day.
On the other hand, Pakistan Muslim League (N) Rawalpindi City would several functions and seminaries to mark the day in befitting manner. Malik Hafeez Awan PML-N City Vice President told Online various functions and seminars would be organized on Friday where Party leaders including Party MNA Hanif Abbasi would address the workers.