Nation celebrates Independence Day with fervour
15 August, 2011
ISLAMABAD: The 64th Independence Day of Pakistan was celebrated with national fervour and exuberance across the country, while expatriates across the globe shared the joy equally.
The Independence Day celebrations began with special prayers for the integrity, sovereignty and solidarity of the federation after Fajr prayers, followed by a 31-cannon salute in the federal capital, while provincial capitals of Lahore, Karachi, Quetta, and Peshawar, besides Azad Kashmir offered a 21-cannon salute.
Sirens were sounded at 08.58am, after which all traffic ceased and a one-minute silence was observed. Special function of change of guard was also held at the Quaid’s mausoleum, while military and civil officials also laid floral wreaths at the tomb, which was participated by a large number of citizens.
President Asif Ali Zardari and PM Yousaf Raza Gilani offered hearty congratulations to nation on its 64th Independence Day, in their special messages, while all governmental and private buildings were adorned with lights and flags.
Special flag hoisting ceremony by PM Yousaf Raza Gilani was held at Islamabad’s Convention Centre, whence he also delivered a speech,
Meanwhile, children, the elderly and youth showed a thrilling exuberance and joy, while thousands of youth made an international record by singing the national anthem in unison. Youth in Islamabad danced on the roads to express their emotions, while youth in Quetta were not far behind in their enthusiasm.
Rallies were also taken out, while the nation pledged to play its due role in progress and development of the federation, and ensure elimination of scourge of terrorism from country, ushering in peace and harmony.