KARACHI: With the 70th Independence Day of Pakistan round the corner, all-pervading national fervor is gripping the city. Preparations to celebrate the occasion are in full swing in the metropolis like other parts of the country.
As the celebratory festival is approaching closer, people throng markets and roadside stalls set up all over the city to buy national flags, badges, pins, frocks, T-shirts, wrist bands, bangles, caps and hats, balloons.
Though small and big stalls have been set up along the main thoroughfares, streets and intersections of the city, loaded with Independence Day decorations, the Paper Market located on Hasan Ali Effendi Road, which otherwise is famous place to buy paper, bags and other decoration items, wears festive look as crowds from across the city throng the market to buy Independence Day related items.
Here is how Karachi is preparing for celebratory festival.
A vendor shows off national flag in a bid to attract customers at Paper Market
A view of stall loaded with badges, buntings, wrist bands and pins
A woman selling white and green bangles at Paper Market
A vendor selling flag stickers at Paper Market
A view of crowded Hasan Ali Effendi Road where people can be seen buying I-Day decorations
A mother buying her child Independence Day merchandise at a stall in busy Empress Market, Saddar
A view of elastic wrist bands painted Pakistani flag at a makeshift shop
Special Independence Day dresses to celebrate the big occasions
Green glasses for young Pakistanis to look all green on the celebratory day