Traditional gun salute marks the start of Independence day

August 14, 2017
Samaa Web Desk

Islamabad: The nation is celebrating the 70th Independence anniversary of motherland today with a renewed pledge to safeguard the country against any threat and make it a true Islamic welfare state as envisioned by the founding father Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.      

The day starts with thirty-one gun salute in the federal and twenty-one gun salute in the provincial capitals.

After the Fajar prayers, special prayers were offered for the prosperity, integrity and solidarity of the country and success of the long drawn struggle of Kashmiris.

The main event of the day will be flag-hoisting ceremony at Parliament House.

President Mamnoon Hussain, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang will jointly unfurl the national flag at the ceremony.

The President will address the nation on this occasion.

Flag-hoisting ceremonies will also be held at provincial capitals, district headquarters and important national institutions.

Meanwhile, all major public and private buildings, roads and avenues have been tactfully decorated with illuminations, national flags and portraits of the national leaders, banners and buntings to give a festive look.

In Karachi, the flag hoisting ceremony will be held at Mazar-e-Quaid-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.

The change of guards’ ceremony will also be held at Mazar of Quaid-e-Azam, where a contingent of Navy will assume the guard duties.

Governor Sindh Muhammad Zubair and Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah will attend the event. On this occasion, school children will present national songs and tableaus.   Agency / Samaa