69th Independence Day is being celebrated today with national enthusiasm across Pakistan.
Pakistan was liberated from British colonial rule and Hindu dominance on 14th August 1947. The day dawned will start with a 31-gun salute in the federal capital and 21-gun salutes in the provincial capitals.
Spectacular display of fireworks was conducted at new Parade ground in Islamabad tonight at 12.00. The ceremony is open for general public.
Flag hoisting ceremonies will also be held at the provincial capitals and district headquarters besides other important national institutions.
A host of events, including seminars, conferences, lectures, debates, speech contests, exhibitions, quiz competitions, stage dramas and Mushairas have been arranged by different organizations in connection with the day.
Meanwhile, all major public and private buildings, roads and avenues have been illuminated and decorated with national flags, portraits of the national leaders, banners and buntings to give a festive look.
Flag-hoisting ceremonies will also be held at provincial capitals and district headquarters besides other important national institutions.
Private , official buildings, including Parliament House are decorated.
On this special occasion, the prime minister and president address and congratulated the nation.
A change of guard took place at the mausoleums of father of the nation Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and Dr. Allama Muhammad Iqbal (national poet).