Nation celebrates 75th Independence Day with patriotic zeal and fervour
The Pakistani nation is celebrating 75th Independence Day today with traditional zeal and enthusiasm with special activities to highlight the struggle of our forefathers and national heroes for acquiring a separate homeland.
The day dawned with special prayers and a 31-gun salute in the federal capital and a 21-gun salute at all provincial capitals. Special prayers were offered in mosques at dawn for peace, solidarity, and prosperity of the country.
The main feature of the celebrations was the flag-hoisting ceremony at Aiwan-e-Sadr in Islamabad.
President Dr Arif Alvi, who was the chief guest at the event, congratulated the nation on the completion of 74 years of Independence on the occasion.
Addressing the ceremony, he said, “today we realise the difficulties that were faced in the course of [Pakistan’s] freedom,” and paid tribute to the leaders of the freedom movement, including Allam Iqbal, Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah and Liaquat Ali Khan.
Prime Minister Imran Khan’s message on Independence Day came in a series of tweets by the Prime Minister’s Office, which quoted the premier as saying that “Pakistan today can stand tall among the comity of nations.”
Prime Minister @ImranKhanPTI Khan's message on Independence Day 2021:— Prime Minister's Office, Pakistan (@PakPMO) August 14, 2021
"As we hoist our national flag to mark Independence Day, we must reiterate the firm resolve to uphold our national values of unity, faith and discipline as envisioned by Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah"
“Our policies towards reviving the economy, handling the pandemic, and protecting the environment have received universal acclaim,” a tweet further stated.
Prime Minister Imran Khan also expressed support for the people of occupied Kashmir.
"On this occasion, we should not forget our Kashmiri brothers & sisters in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu & Kashmir (IIOJK) struggling for their right to self-determination under extremely adverse circumstances marked by illegal Indian occupation & unspeakable repression"— Prime Minister's Office, Pakistan (@PakPMO) August 14, 2021
“Pakistan will continue to extend its full support to the Kashmiris in their just cause. Kashmiris are looking up to the international community to fulfil the promises made to them,” he said.