Preparations for I-Day in full swing

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Jashan-e-Azadi preparations are in full swing as the nation gears up to celebrate its 67th Independence Day with great enthusiasm and national fervor on August 14 (Thursday).

People, especially children are enthusiastically purchasing national flags, buntings, posters, stickers and candles to decorate their homes to celebrate the country’s Independence Day.

Decorative items are in high demand these days including national flags, multi-colored garlands, badges, Minar-e-Pakistan models and portraits of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and other national heroes.

The business of these items at all big stores as well as stalls by roadside vendors remains on peak during August 1 to 14, which shows the zeal of people belonging to all ages.

In Rawalpindi, Jashan-e-Azadi preparations are gaining momentum with the air full of national songs.

The national flag is being hoisted at important buildings to celebrate the day in a befitting manner.

According to programme, the day would dawn with special prayers in mosques for the integrity, solidarity and development of Pakistan.

The day is celebrated all over the country with flag raising ceremonies, tributes to the national heroes and fireworks take place.

Special prizes will be awarded to those who decorate and illuminate their building at best. Printers and makers of bindings, flags, banners and badges are engaged in their business.

Television and radio networks are airing special programmes to mark the day.

Special programmes marking the Independence Day celebrations are being held and broadcast on daily basis by Pakistan Television and Radio Pakistan.

The package also includes special reports on Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, preparations for the Independence Day celebrations, national songs, declamation contests, live music shows, feature, documentary programmes and interviews.

PUNJAB GOVT’S I-DAY PREPARATIONS:

It may be mentioned here that Punjab government on August, 1 commenced month-long Independence Day celebrations with flag hoisting ceremonies in various cities.

The convener of Independence Day celebrations in Rawalpindi, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) City President Sardar Nasim performed the flag hoisting ceremony at Rawal Town Municipal Administration (RTMA) to kick-start festivities in the garrison city. Independence Day celebrations are being organised and observed by all segments of society, including government departments, schools, colleges, civil society as well as the party’s labour, lawyers, ulema and youth wings.

According to Nasim, the objective of observing ‘Mah-e-Azadi’ or month of independence is to make the young generation aware of sacrifices that the forefathers rendered to win freedom.

Nasim said that speech contests, painting exhibitions and sports competitions are marking the month of independence.

Mah-e-Azadi celebrations will continue till August 31 at the town, district, divisional and provincial level in Punjab, he said.