Pakistan is celebrating 71 years since independence today with traditional fervour and enthusiasm.
As the clock struck midnight, fireworks began across the country while buildings were lit up to celebrate Independence Day.
The morning dawned with a 31 gun salute in the federal capital and 21 gun salute in the provincial headquarters.
A change of guard ceremony was held at the Quaid’s mausoleum in Karachi and Iqbal’s mausoleum in Lahore, where cadets of Pakistan Navy took charge of their duties. Commandant Pakistan Naval Academy Commodore Waqar Muhammad was the chief guest at the ceremony.
Special prayers were offered in mosques at dawn for peace, solidarity, and prosperity of the country and for the resolution of the long-standing issue of Kashmir.
In educational institutions, exhibitions, declamation contests, national songs, competitions and tableau shows are being held to mark the day.
At 8:59am, sirens were sounded and the moving traffic came to a halt as a mark of national solidarity.
The highlight of the celebrations is a national flag-hoisting ceremony being held at Jinnah Convention Centre in Islamabad. President Mamnoon Hussain, the chief guest, is addressing the ceremony on the auspicious occasion.
Caretaker Prime Minister Justice (retd) Nasir-ul-Mulk, Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa, and foreign ambassadors are also in attendance.