As Pakistan's 69th Independence Day comes around, Pakistanis across the country flock to stalls and vendors to buy national flags of different shapes and sizes to show their patriotic fervour.
The show of patriotism doesn't end with flags ─ shirts, dresses, balloons and badges, as well as other memorabilia bedecked in the hallmark green and white, emblazoned with the national flag, are a hot commodity as citizens throng the markets, surveying the colourful and quirky offerings.
In Quetta, the streets are full of national fervour as people buy patriotic merchandise from the dozens of vendors that have set up shop. People of all age groups are busy buying flags and clothing apparel that shows off their love for Pakistan. Anticipating high demand, vendors started selling Independence Day products as soon as the month of August began.
"The people over here ─ especially children ─ celebrate Independence Day with a lot of pride," one Quetta vendor told DawnNews. "The products people buy the most in order to celebrate are hats, flags and badges."
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ISLAMABAD: With the 70th Pakistan Day just a few days away, elaborate arrangements are underway to celebrate it with great national zeal and patriotic spirit.
As the Pakistan Day holds a significant place in the history of Pakistan and to mark it in a befitting manner Armed Forces are busy in rehearsals and drills to celebrate it in a spectacular way.
It will be a closed holiday and the day will dawn with 31 gun salute in the Federal Capital, while 21 gun salute in the provincial capitals.
Special ‘dua’ ceremonies would be organised at the mosques after Fajar prayers, for the solidarity, integrity and prosperity of the country.
Troops and organizers can be seen busy in rehearsals and making other administrative arrangements for the day, to be held on March 23.
Residents of the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi are also taking keen interest in the rehearsal and visiting nearby areas such as Faizabad and I-8 interchanges to witness aerobatics maneuvers of fighter jets of Pakistan Air Force (PAF).
Participating troops include foot columns of Pakistan Army, Pakistan Navy, PAF, Frontier Corps, Northern Light Infantry, Mujahid Force, Islamabad Police, Tri-Services Lady officers, Tri-Services Armed Forces Nursing Service, Girls Guide, Boys Scouts, Special Service Group from three Services, mechanized columns of Armored Corps, Artillery, Army Air Defence, Signals, Engineers, Army Strategic Force Command, Camel Band and Presidents Body Guard. Chinese Army troops and Turkish Military Band will also be participating in the parade.
Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) has been releasing special promos on daily basis for the celebrations of the Day in befitting manner. “No force on earth can undo Pakistan” is the main theme of the promo with core slogan “Pakistan Zindabad.”
The print and electronic mediums would respectively carry out special supplements and programmes, highlighting the sacrifices of the martyrs, who laid their precious lives in defence of the motherland.
Meanwhile, the Islamabad Capital Territory Police (ICTP) has chalked out special security plans to ensure holding such a mega event in a magnificent manner. The Traffic police has also devised traffic plan for keeping the smooth flow of traffic on the city roads. Certain routes would remain closed for the public transport which would be offered alternative routes, keeping in view the convenience of the general public. –APP
Published in Pakistan
Story first published: 17th March 2017