Kashmiris ready for Independence Day celebrations
10 August 2007
The Daily Times
Mirpur: Kashmiris on both sides of the LoC are preparing to celebrate the 60th Independence Day of Pakistan. Every year, Pakistans Independence Day is celebrated in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) and in Indian held Kashmir (IHK) with great enthusiasm, devotion and a renewed pledge to continue the ongoing struggle of Kashmiris for the fundamental right of self-determination. The day will start with special prayers for the stability, prosperity and security of Pakistan and for the success of the Kashmiris indigenous struggle for freedom from Indian occupation. In AJK, arrangements are being finalised to celebrate the day with traditional fervour and enthusiasm. National flag hoisting ceremonies, rallies, processions and colourful functions will be held by various public and private sector organisations in all cities and towns of AJK. There will be a public holiday across the AJK on August 14. National flag hoisting ceremony will be held in Muzaffarabad and similar ceremonies will be held in all seven district-headquarters of the AJK - Mirpur, Kotli, Bagh, Sudhanoti, Bhimbher, Rawalakot and Neelum Valley. People will also sing the national anthem while hoisting the national flag with the nation at 758 am, when traffic on all roads will come to a halt. Great enthusiasm is being witnessed among people, including children, who are busy purchasing national flags of Pakistan from bazaars for hoisting atop their houses and vehicles on the day. Various social organisations have given final shape to the arrangements for celebrating the day. In Mirpur district, a national flag hoisting ceremony will be held under the auspices of the National Events Organising Committee at the Municipal Corporation Hall. Mirpur Deputy Commissioner and Chairman National Events Organising Committee Fiyyaz Ali Abbasi will hoist the national flag at the ceremony. A contingent of the AJK Police and civil defence volunteers will present guard of honour and salute national flag during the flag hoisting ceremony. Despite heavy restrictions imposed by the Indian forces on gatherings in Indian Held Kashmir, people across the valley and Jammu region will celebrate the Independence Day of Pakistan by hoisting Pakistani flag atop their houses, shops, electric poles, trees and other highest places to express their love and affiliation with Pakistan, says a report from IHK. By celebrating Pakistans Independence Day, Kashmiris will reiterate their solidarity, love and affection for Pakistan, since they consider accession to Pakistan their ultimate destination, the report added.