Nation celebrates I-Day with renewed pledge to safeguard motherland

14 Aug, 2016 1:08 pm

LAHORE (92 News) – The nation is celebrating Independence Day today with a renewed pledge to safeguard the motherland against any threat and make it a true Islamic welfare state.

The day dawned with 31-gun salute in the federal and 21-gun salute in the provincial capitals.

Special prayers were offered for prosperity, integrity and solidarity of the country and unity of the Muslim Ummah after Fajr prayers.

The main ceremony of Independence Day was held at the Convention Center in Islamabad. President Mamnoon Hussain along with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif hoisted the national flag.

Flag hoisting ceremonies were also held at the provincial capitals and other cities and important national institutions.

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

In Lahore, a simple but graceful Change of Guard ceremony was held at Mazar-e-Iqbal on Sunday.

A contingent of Pakistan Army took charge as guards of the Mazar from Punjab Rangers. Garrison Commander Maj General Tariq Aman was chief guest on the occasion.

In Karachi, Change of Guard ceremony was held in which a contingent of Pakistan navy took the command of the tomb of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.

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