The Independence Day of Pakistan is being celebrated today with national zeal, fervor as Kashmir Solidarity Day to express full support to Kashmiri brethren reeling from renewed Indian repression.
The day dawned with special prayers in the mosques after Fajar prayer for peace, progress, and prosperity of the country and liberation of the occupied territories of the Muslims.
Thirty one gun salute was offered in the Federal Capital Islamabad, while 21-gun salute in all the four provincial headquarters, Gilgit and Muzaffarabad.
Main flag hoisting ceremony will be held in Islamabad.
The government has decided to celebrate the Independence Day to express solidarity with people of occupied Kashmir and entire nation in unified voice will reiterate moral, political and diplomatic support to Kashmiri brethren.
The government has also unveiled a special logo for the Independence Day reflecting the theme "Kashmir Banega Pakistan".
Change of guards ceremony held at mausoleum of Quaid-e-Azam
In Karachi, the change of guards ceremony was held at the mausoleum of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah this morning.
A smartly turned out contingent of the cadets of Pakistan Naval Academy assumed the guards duties.
Commodore Irfan Taj of Pakistan Navy was the chief guest of ceremony.
He inspected the guard of honour and presented national salute to the Father of the Nation.
The chief guest also laid floral wreath at the mazar, offered fateha and recorded his impressions in the visitors' book.