Gunfire kills one as nation marks I-Day
15 August, 2013
ISLAMABAD: At least one person was killed and more than 30 wounded during the 66th Independence Day celebrations in the country.
People all over the country renewed their pledge to dedicate their efforts towards nation-building as envisioned by Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and Allama Muhammad Iqbal.
The day dawned with a 31-gun salute in Islamabad and 21-gun salute in Lahore. Sirens were sounded at 8:58am to mark flag hoisting events in different cities. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif hoisted the national flag at Jinnah Convention Centre, Islamabad.
Later, the prime minister and other dignitaries offered special prayers for peace, harmony, solidarity and prosperity of the country.
President Asif Ali Zardari and Nawaz Sharif in their separate messages urged the nation to work for a progressive, tolerant and moderate Pakistan.
A contingent of Pakistan Naval Academy took over charge of guard at Mazar-e-Quaid in Karachi. Pakistan Navy Commodore Zahid Ilyas also laid a floral wreath at the mausoleum and offered Fateha. A change of guard ceremony was also held at Mazar-e-Iqbal in Lahore. A smartly turned out contingent of Pakistan Army assumed guard duties at the mausoleum.
An AFP reporter in Karachi witnessed heavy aerial firing after clocks struck midnight, as thousands of revellers came out onto the streets to celebrate the 66th anniversary of Pakistan. "Our hospitals received 33 people, injured due to the aerial firing, one of them later died in the hospital," Jinnah Hospital's Doctor Semi Jamali said.