Islamabad (Web Desk): Nation celebrates 75th Independence Day today (Saturday) with renewed resolve to work with the spirit of Pakistan Movement to make the country a true Islamic welfare state.
The day dawned with thirty-one gun salutes in the Federal Capital and twenty-one gun salute in the provincial headquarters.
Prayers are being offered for security and progress of Pakistan and well-being of the people.
National flag is hoisted at all important public and private buildings.
The main feature of the celebrations was national flag hoisting ceremony at Aiwan-e-Sadr in Islamabad.
President Dr Arif Alvi was the chief guest at the ceremony who congratulated the nation on the completion of 74 years of Independence.
Addressing on the occasion, the president said that Pakistan is an emerging nation which is on the course of rapid development.
He said that the country is on the right direction and is all set to become a strong nation.
President Alvi stressed the need to inculcate a hope in the nation and reject all sorts of negative propaganda and fake news against the country.
Paying glowing tributes to struggle and sacrifices of founding fathers, President Arif Alvi recalled that the country achieved major successes in different fields and surmounted many challenges ever since its independence.
He pointed out that Pakistan successfully tackled the menace of terrorism and our security forces, society and the people deserve appreciation for defeating the terrorism.
Similar flag hoisting ceremonies were held at provincial, divisional and district headquarters level throughout the country.
The celebrations began with change of guard ceremonies held at Mazaar-i-Quaid and Mazaar-i-Iqbal in Karachi and Lahore, respectively.
Public and private buildings as well as streets, bazaars and markets have been profusely illuminated.
National flags, buntings, portraits of founding fathers, posters and banners are also seen everywhere as part of the celebration of Independence Day.