ISLAMABAD: Pakistani nation celebrates Independence Day today (Friday) with customary fervour and passion.
Pakistanis pledge anew to make the country a true welfare state as dreamed by Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. The Independence Day dawned with 31 gun salute in the Islamabad and 21 gun salutes at the provincial capitals.
At this occasion, special prayers were offered for the success, honour and solidarity of Pakistan. It is a public holiday day throughout the country.
President Mamnoon Hussain, along with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif hoisted the national flag during the main ceremony of Independence Day which was held at the convention centre in Islamabad. The three armed services chiefs and the federal ministers attended the ceremony.
On the other hand, in Karachi, a ceremonies of change of guards were held at the mausoleums of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and Allama Muhammad Iqbal.
A contingent of Pakistan Navy Cadets assumed guard duty at Mazar-e-Quaid in Karachi while Pakistan Army 2-Baloch Regiment took over the charge from Punjab Rangers at the mausoleums of Allama Iqbal.