RAWALPINDI: Preparations to mark the Independence Day of Pakistan in a befitting manner on August 14 are in full swing.
Special stalls have been set up in every nook and corner of the city for the sale of national flags, colourful buntings, banners and pictures of national heroes who made tireless efforts to achieve an independent State for the Muslims of the sub-continent.
Jashan-e-Azadi preparations are at its peak as the citizens are getting ready to celebrate the Independence Day with great enthusiasm and national zeal.
The most enthusiastic are children who are busy collecting stickers, badges and also beautifying their bicycles with special stickers inscribed with messages of Independence Day.
The Makers of buntings, flags, banners and badges are working round the clock to meet demand as well as supplying to other adjoining areas of the city.
Arrangements are also underway for holding seminars, sports competitions and literary and social activities to commemorate the Independence Day.
The city district government has also chalked out a plan in this regard.
A number of stalls with buntings, flags, badges and other items have been established in main city markets including Tench Bhatta, Saddar Bazaar, Raja Bazaar, Urdu Bazaar, Benazir Bhutto Road, Buni Market and other areas of the city.
Youngsters are very enthusiastic and getting ready to celebrate the day in a befitting manner.
On August 14, the day would dawn with special prayers in mosques for the integrity, solidarity and development of Pakistan. The 14th August is a national holiday in Pakistan.
The day is celebrated across the country with flag raising ceremonies, tributes to the national heroes and fireworks taking place.
Nowadays, national songs are in the air which gives the message that whole the nation is united. The national flags are being hoisted at the important buildings to celebrate the day with befitting manners.
Special prizes on this occasion are awarded to those who decorate and illuminate their building beautifully.
The educational institutions will also arrange special programmes to mark the Independence Day.