ISLAMABAD: The Pakistani nation celebrate its 69th Independence Day today with all traditional zeal and fervor pledging afresh to make the country a true Islamic welfare state as envisioned by its founding leader Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.
A flag-hoisting ceremony to celebrate Pakistan’s 69th Independence Day will be held at Convention Center in Islamabad as tweeted by Director General Inter Service Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asim Saleem Bajwa.
— AsimBajwaISPR (@AsimBajwaISPR) August 14, 2015
The day dawned with 31 gun salutes in the capital and 21 gun salutes in the provincial capitals. Special prayers were offered after Fajr prayers across the country for the prosperity, integrity, and solidarity of the country.
The main event of the day will be a flag hoisting ceremony at Convention Center in Islamabad, where Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif will be the chief guest. It will be followed by the address of the Prime Minister to the nation.
14th August is the national holiday in Pakistan and commemorates the day when Pakistan achieved independence and was declared a sovereign nation following the end of the British Raj in 1947.
Pakistan came into existence as a result of the Pakistan Movement which aimed for the creation of an independent Muslim state by division of the north-western regions of South Asia. The movement was led by the All-India Muslim League under the leadership of Muhammad Ali Jinnah. The event was brought forth by the Indian Independence Act 1947 under which the British Raj gave independence to the Dominion of Pakistan (later the Islamic Republic of Pakistan) which comprised West Pakistan (present-day Pakistan) and East Pakistan (now Bangladesh).
In the Islamic calendar, the day of independence coincided with Ramadan 27, the eve of which, being Laylat al-Qadr, is regarded as sacred by Muslims.
Meanwhile Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi also greets Pakistan on its Independence Day.
Greetings & good wishes to the people of Pakistan on their Independence Day.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 14, 2015