‘Pak­istan’s destiny lies in power of vote,’ Mam­noon says at 72nd In­de­pen­dence Day event

The Miracle - - Pakistan -

Pak­ista­nis are cel­e­brat­ing the 72nd In­de­pen­dence Day with tra­di­tional zeal and fer­vour, with com­mem­o­ra­tive cer­e­monies held in cities across the coun­try. The day-long fes­tiv­i­ties be­gan with thanks­giv­ing prayers and the hoist­ing of the na­tional flag at all im­por­tant pub­lic build­ings in the coun­try, which had been dec­o­rated with bunting and lights ahead of Au­gust 14.The day be­gan with a 31-gun sa­lute in the cap­i­tal, fol­lowed by 21-gun salutes in all four pro­vin­cial cap­i­tals. Change-of-guard cer­e­mony at Mazar-i-Quaid in Karachi. The main cer­e­mony was hosted at Islamabad’s Jin­nah Con­ven­tion Cen­tre, where Pres­i­dent Mam­noon Hus­sain hoist- ed the na­tional flag. The cer­e­mony was also at­tended by care­taker Prime Min­is­ter Nasirul Mulk, the three chiefs of the armed forces and other notable per­son­al­i­ties and for­eign dig­ni­taries. Flag hoist­ing cer­e­monies were held in the pro­vin­cial cap­i­tals as well as dis­trict head­quar­ters. Army chief Gen Qamar Javed Ba­jwa, NA speaker Ayaz Sadiq and Se­nate chair­man Sadiq San­jrani at­tend the in­de­pen­dence day cer­e­mony. — PTV screen­grab Change-of-guard cer­e­monies were also held at the mau­soleums of Quaid-i-Azam Muham­mad Ali Jin­nah and Al­lama Iqbal in Karachi and La­hore, re­spec­tively. Pak­istan Rangers of­fi­cials at the Wa­gah bor­der cross­ing ex­changed sweets with In­dian Bor­der Se­cu­rity Force per­son­nel. Peo­ple across the coun­try flocked to stalls that lined up streets to pur­chase na­tional flags in dif­fer­ent sizes, t-shirts, badges and other mer­chan­dise to dis­play their na­tional pride.

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