Army marks it with a bang


The armed forces along with the entire nation celebrated the 64th Independence Day of Pakistan in a simple way. The day dawned with a 31-gun salute in the federal capital and 21-gun salutes in the provincial capitals. According to a press release issued by ISPR, special prayers were offered for the progress, solidarity and prosperity of Pakistan.
“Special prayers were also offered in all mosques of formations, units and static installations for the people affected by the last year’s floods,” it said. The main feature of the day was the national flag-hoisting ceremonies at the Joint Staff Headquarters, the General Headquarters, the Services Headquarters, all corps headquarters, formations, static installations and units of the army, navy and air force.
Messages of the services chiefs were read out to all ranks. At the Joint Staff Headquarters, Brig Ozair Ahmed hoisted the national flag and the National Anthem was played. At the General Headquarters, Maj-Gen Khalid Mehmood hoisted the national flag and the National Anthem was played. Earlier, at midnight on August 13-14, a spectacular Azadi parade was held at the elegantly-lit drill square of Pakistan Military Academy, Kakul. Chief of Army Staff (COAS), General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani was the chief guest on the occasion.
A large number of people from all walks of life, senior serving and retired civil and military officials witnessed the spectacular parade to mark the 64th Independence Day.