Nation to observe 64th Independence Day today

A bycycle rider looks at the banner which says "Happy Independence Day to the whole nation except Lotoon (A person who leaves his party and join others to get benefits) and robbers. Facebook picture by Asad Arif Rajput

The nation would observe 64th Independence Day on 14th August with great fervor and simplicity.

In wake of flood disasters, the nation would observe 64th Independence Day with simplicity. No Independence Day celebrations will be held in the Presidency this year and no army functions related to August 14 would be held.

The day would dawn with special prayers in the mosques for the unity, solidarity and prosperity of the country.

The celebration would begin with a 31-gun salute at the Federal Capital and 21-gun salute at all the provincial headquarters.

Quran Khawani would be held for the Shuhada-e-Pakistan movement for their eternal peace.

The flags would be hoisted on government and private installations. Seminars, competition of debate, essay writing, and tableaus and other programs would hold in educational institutions in this regard.

Meanwhile, in wake of security threats, special flag hoisting ceremony would not be held before Parliament House and Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani would hoist the flag at Convention center.

The principal ceremony of ‘Independence Day’ would not be held in Sabzazar infront of Parliament due to security concerns because there are certain reports that terrorist could carry out any terrorist activity and target the open air ceremony.

Services Chiefs, federal ministers, important personalities, diplomats and prominent citizens would attend the ceremony. All the invitees would stand and sing the national anthem to be followed by recitation of the Holy Quran.

The ceremony would start at 9am and Prime Minister would address to the nation.

Meanwhile President Asif Ali Zardari has directed that in view of the floods no Independence Day celebrations will be held in the Presidency this year. He will spend the day with the flood affected people in Khyber Pukhtoonkhwah and Punjab, spokesperson Farhatullah Babar said.

Chief of Army Staff, General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani has also cancelled the Army functions on 14th August and 6th September this year and its savings will be utilized for flood relief activities.

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