ISLAMABAD, Aug 13 : The nation will celebrate Independence Day tomorrow (Saturday) with renewed resolve to work with the spirit of Pakistan Movement to make the country a true Islamic welfare state.
The day will dawn with thirty-one gun salutes in the Federal Capital and twenty-one gun salutes in the provincial headquarters. Prayers will be offered for security and progress of Pakistan and well-being of the people.
National flag will be hoisted at all important public and private buildings.
The main feature of the celebrations will be a national flag hoisting ceremony at President House Islamabad. President Dr. Arif Alvi will be the chief guest on the occasion.
Similar flag hoisting ceremonies will also be held at provincial, divisional and district headquarters level throughout the country.
Public and private buildings as well as streets, bazaars and markets have been profusely illuminated.
National flags, buntings, portraits of founding fathers, posters and banners are also seen everywhere as part of the celebration of Independence Day. Radio Pakistan will air marathon transmission to mark the day.
President Dr. Arif Alvi will confer Pakistan Civil Awards on 126 Pakistani citizens and foreign nationals for showing excellence and courage in their respective fields tomorrow (Saturday).
These awards include three Nishan-i-Imtiaz, two Hilal-i-Pakistan, six Hilal-i-Imtiaz, four Sitar-i-Pakistan, three Sitara-i-Shuja’at, 17 Sitara-i-Imtiaz, 39 President’s Award for Pride of Performance, three Sitara-i-Quaid-i-Azam, 17 Tamgha-i-Shuja’at, 31Tamgha-i-Imtiaz, and one Tamgha-i-Quaid-i-Azam.
Meanwhile a cake-cutting ceremony in connection with Independence Day was held in Islamabad on Friday. Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain cut the cake.
Among others, Secretary Information Shahera Shahid, Director General Radio Pakistan Muhammad Asim Khichi, senior officials of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Radio Pakistan and PTV attended the ceremony. The Minister congratulated the nation on the Independence Day anniversary.