Municipal workers busy in fixing national & Kashmiri flags on the electric pole at Hilltop Road as the nation stars preparations to celebrate the Independence Day in befitting manners (Courtesy of Akram Ali, APP)

Azad Jammu and Kashmir celebrates the 74th Independence Day of Pakistan with zeal, zest and enthusiasm. The day is celebrated with renewed pledge to continue all out individual and collective efforts for the safety, solidarity, integrity and prosperity of the country. 

Like previous years, the Kashmiris are fully prepared to celebrate the Independence Day of Pakistan with great enthusiasm and devotion coupled with the renewal of the pledge to continue the ongoing struggle for the birth right of self determination of Kashmiris. 

14th August would be a gazetted holiday across the AJK state.

The day dawned with special prayers in the mosques all over AJK for the stability, prosperity, security and speedy progress of Pakistan and for the early success of the Kashmiris’ indigenous struggle for the achievement of their legitimate right to self determination.

Elaborated programs that have been chalked earlier, are carried out through out the AJK State including major national flag hoisting ceremonies, rallies, processions and the colorful functions under the aegis of various public and private sector, social and political organizations in all small and major towns and cities.

Major National flag hoisting ceremony in AJK was be held in the capital city of Muzafferabad where AJK President Sardar Masood Khan and Prime Minister Sardar Abdul Qayyum Khan Niazi hoisted national flags of Pakistan and AJK at the President House to mark the Day.

Similar flag hoisting ceremonies were also held in all other nine district headquarters of AJK including Mirpur, Kotli, Bagh, Sudhanoti, Bhimbher, Rawalkot, Havaili, Hattiyan and Neelum valley.

The national flag hoisting ceremonies are also being held at all tehsil headquarters and other small towns. The national flag of Pakistan is to be hoisted on all private and public buildings.

Citizens are showing a great enthusiasm especially children who are exceptionally busy in purchasing the national flags of Pakistan from the bazaars for hoisting atop their houses and vehicles on the national day. 

The private and official building are being beautifully decorated with the colorful buntings and national flag of Pakistan.

The participants of the colorful flag hoisting ceremonies are set to join the nation in singing the national anthem simultaneously at stipulated time when the traffic on all roads will also come to a halt.

In Mirpur district, an impressive national flag hoisting ceremony is going to held under the auspices of National Events Organizing Committee with the coordination of various social, political and public representative organizations at the Municipal Corporation lawn, it was officially said.

Divisional Information Officer Javed Mallick told, a well uniformed continent of AJK Police and the boy scouts is set to present guard of honor besides saluting the national flag during the flag hoisting ceremony. The school children on this occasion will also sing the national songs on musical instruments to express their love and solidarity with Pakistan, he added.


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