HEADLINE PAKISTAN

Independence Day: Flag hoisting ceremony held at Jinnah Convention Centre

ISLAMABAD: A ceremony of national flag hoisting was held at Jinnah Convention Centre in Islamabad today (Tuesday) to mark the Independence Day.

President Mamnoon Hussain was chief guest while caretaker Prime Minister Nasir-ul-Mulk, chiefs of armed forces, members of the federal cabinet, parliamentarians, foreign diplomats and a large number of people also attended the event.

The children made the environment more patriotic after singing national songs.

President Mamnoon Hussain has underlined the need for promotion of harmony in the society to put the country on the path of progress as envisioned by the founding fathers.

Addressing the ceremony, Mamnoon Hussain said a strong, developed and a democratic Pakistan is our goal. He emphatically stated that this year the general elections coincided with the Independence Day.

This also envisages a message that the decisions in the country which was achieved through a democratic struggle will also be taken through the power of vote. The president urged for awareness of youth and next generations about the sacrifices rendered by our ancestors for the freedom of motherland.

He said Pakistan is the hope and a blessing of Allah Almighty for the creation of which our forefathers gave unprecedented sacrifices.

Mamnoon Hussain said to achieve the national objectives, we will have to rise above all sorts of differences and personal interests. He said the political leaders, intellectuals and the media will also have to play their role for promotion of unity and steer the country out of current challenges.

The nation is celebrating Independence Day with renewed resolve to work with the spirit of Pakistan Movement to make the country a true Islamic welfare state.