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Preparations to mark 70th Independence Day in full swing

By our correspondents
August 12, 2017

Islamabad: The preparations for celebrating 70th Independence Day are in full swing in capital with illuminated buildings and a number of colourful activities planned to mark this occasion with great zeal and enthusiasm.

Different public and private departments will hold special functions and activities including seminars, discussion programmes, photographic exhibitions, painting, poetry, national songs and debate competitions with focus on acknowledging the contribution of leaders of Pakistan movement and sacrifices of national heroes.

Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA) and Lok Virsa will also arrange artisans exhibition, folk dance performances, photographic exhibitions and other activities to mark Independence Day.

A number of stalls carrying bunting, flags, badges, Azadi dresses, toys and other accessories are set up in different nook and corner of the capital to attract youth and children.

Many food outlets are ready to offer Azadi deals with discount to attract food lovers while different boutiques and shops offer huge variety of Azadi dresses.

One of the prominent features of the Independence Day preparations is Azadi Train which will start its month long journey across the country before August 14. The Azadi Train will stop at every big station of the country and hold musical shows, cultural dances and other activities.

“We have planned to wear Azadi dresses of green and white colour, bangles and badges and visit some recreational place, if weather remains pleasant”, said Afshan along with group of friends at a Jashan-i-Azadi stall, Jinnah Super. She said like every year, this year too, we will mark our Independence Day with patriotic zeal.

Abid Shah, who lives in Sector I-8, said, “The stalls set up on the roadside area in the I-8 Markaz have become center of attraction for most of the people.

“ He said, “I see huge rush of children and youngsters at thesestalls while going back to home in the evening every day since thestart of August which reflects their patriotic spirit andenthusiasm.

“ Sania Aslam, a young student, said, “I and my friends will wear the flag coloured suits on Independence Day.

We will also visit marketfor buying other matching items like green and white bangles, shoes and pin badges.

“ She said I- Day had now become a day of festivities and people irrespective of their age participate in the activities with zeal to mark the day. — APP