Fireworks celebrations were held across Pakistan in all the cities and buildings were illuminated. People took to streets with national flags on their bikes and other vehicles. Gatherings of sea of people could be witnessed at landmark places.
The nation is all set to celebrate Independence Day on 14th August, Sunday, with traditional zeal and pledge to safeguard the country against any threat and make it a truly Islamic welfare state as envisioned by founder of Pakistan Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.
Different events have been organised in different cities of the country to express thankfulness to God for the invaluable gift of freedom.
ARY Network has also held a concert at Port Grand hotel in Karachi which was attended by a large number of celebrities, renown personalities and other people.
Jaanan movie team grooves at Port Grand.
Celebrities, politicians, stars, players and a large number of other people posted Independence Day messages on their social media accounts.
— Shaniera Akram (@iamShaniera) August 13, 2016
Wish all Pakistanis living here as well as abroad a very happy Independence Day. Pakistan is our passion. It is our love. It is our identity
— Shehbaz Sharif (@CMShehbaz) August 13, 2016
Happy Independence day. Long live Pakistan. — Nabil Gabol (@Nabilgabol) August 13, 2016
Jashn e Azaadi Mubarak, Happy Independence day to all Pakistanis here and abroad. PAKISTAN ZINDABAAD
— Syed Mustafa Kamal (@KamalPSP) August 13, 2016
Jan Jan Pakistan! A very happy #IndependenceDay everybody ❤️
— HUMAIMA MALICK (@HumaimaMalick) August 13, 2016
Happy Independence Day Motherland. Be the lioness that u r. Always strong. Always rising against all odds. LOOOOVE you. Jeevay Pakistan💚🇵🇰⭐️
— MAWRA HOCANE (@MawraHocane) August 13, 2016
The day will dawn with 31 gun salute in Islamabad and 21 gun salute at the provincial capitals.
Special prayers will be offered for the prosperity, integrity and solidarity of the country, unity of the Muslim Ummah and for the success of the long drawn struggle of the Kashmiris after Fajr prayers.
The main event of the day will be a flag hoisting ceremony at Convention Center in Islamabad where President Mamnoon Hussain will be the chief guest. He will address the nation on the occasion.
A simple but graceful Change of Guard ceremony will be held at Mazar-e-Iqbal on Sunday morning. People belonging to various segments of society will visit the Mazar to pay tribute to the national poet.
Flag hoisting ceremonies would also be held at the provincial capitals and district headquarters besides other important national institutions.
Meanwhile, all the major public and private buildings, roads and avenues have been decorated with illuminations, national flags, portraits of the national leaders, banners and buntings to give a festive look.
Meanwhile, the special Azadi train continuing its month long countrywide journey from Peshawar has now arrived at Rawalpindi Railway Station.
The Azadi train will leave Rawalpindi for Karachi on Monday.
The train displaying different aspects of Pakistan movement as well as culture and traditions of the country will stay in Rawalpindi for two days. The general public can visit the train without any ticket.
Pakistan Railways has also decided to increase time and area of travelling of Azadi Special train to entertain maximum people.
Presiding over a meeting in Lahore, Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique directed the authorities to include Faisalabad and Sargodha section in the route of the train.
He also directed to ensure a good entertainment and security of the people at those railway stations where the Azadi train is to be stopped.
President Mamnoon Hussain’s message on Independence Day
Today we are celebrating our Independence Day with a new zeal and vigor. I am confident that our determination will pave the way for political, economic and social stability in the coming days. Our country has been confronted with many challenges since the last few years but the nation has boldly faced them through its unshakeable resolve.
The Government of Pakistan resolutely decided to take action in order to cleanse various regions and cities of terrorism, extremism and lawlessness under which the Armed Forces and other law enforcement agencies are playing effective role as a result of which peace is being restored in the country. The government has also adopted sound policies to improve the economy which has created better business environment leading to increased opportunities for domestic and international investment. It is satisfying to note that foreign investors are increasingly turning to Pakistan for investment. These developments augur well for our economic future which testifies that new possibilities and opportunities are unfolding for Pakistan.
I am happy to note that the consensus on democracy is producing positive results. We need to initiate the process of correction individually, then from homes and communities to derive more benefits and ensure that the democratic values take roots at the state, governmental and administrative levels to pave the way for real and meaningful change.
Let us unite to secure a better and brighter future for our coming generations by following in the footsteps of our illustrious founding fathers.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s message on Independence Day
This year, the day of 14th August, besides the traditional pleasure, also carries deep feelings of grief. The pain of Quetta’s martyrs is still fresh. Today, we are also remembering those martyrs, who sacrificed their lives to protect this independence. This day is dawning with the determination of Pakistani nation that Pakistan, with the grace of Allah Almighty, will remain forever. The spirit of 1965 is still alive with full vigor, when Pakistani armed forces and the people together confronted the enemy.
This Independence is also memorable due to the fact that nowadays the spirit of independence in Occupied Kashmir is on its peak. The new generation of Kashmiris has raised the flag of freedom with a new vigor. I dedicate this year’s 14th August to the freedom of Kashmir. I dedicate it to those people of Kashmir, who bravely faced the state oppression but kept the spirit of freedom alive.
The protection of independence is even harder than its achievement. Without the leadership of Quaid-e-Azam, the creation of Pakistan was impossible. If our armed forces, security institutions, police and people did not have shed their blood, its (Pakistan’s) survival and security was impossible. In the month of August, when we remember the Quaid, leaders and workers of Pakistan movement, our hearts are also enlightened with the memory of those martyrs, who have become immortal by sacrificing their lives for the country.
Today, we are remembering our all those martyrs. They belong to every segment of the state. They are in every political party. They are in every field of life. They are in every sect. They are in every religion. They are all Pakistanis. They are individuals of one nation. We are paying tributes to all these martyrs. We are presenting salute to their souls. All of them are pronouncing that the nation is united against terrorists.
Today we have to solemnly affirm that, till we are alive, we will sacrifice our interests for the stability, security and survival of Pakistan. We will take forward this tradition of martyrs that after us, the world gives the same evidence in our favour, which we are giving today for our martyrs. May Allah bless you.