I-Day celebrated with national zeal

Air Chief says challenges demand national unity I Exhibition on Colours of Pakistan held at FO I IMC organises fireworks

Islamabad/rawalpindi – The residents of twin cities celebrated Independence Day with a renewed pledge to safeguard the motherland against any threat and make it a true Islamic welfare state as envisioned by Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.

The celebrations of Independence Day officially began with fireworks at Parade Ground Shakarparian in Islamabad at midnight.
The ground and surrounding areas were lit with thousands of colourful fireworks and lights.
Thousands of citizens from Rawalpindi and Islamabad witnessed the great firework.

The day dawned with 31-gun salute in the federal and 21-gun salute in the provincial capitals.
Special prayers were offered for prosperity, integrity and solidarity of the country, unity of the Muslim Ummah and success of the long drawn struggle of Kashmiris after Fajr prayers.

All major public and private buildings, roads and avenues were tastefully decorated with illuminations, national flags, portraits of the national leaders, banners and buntings giving a festive look.

Meanwhile, Chief of the Air Staff, Pakistan Air Force (PAF), Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman yesterday said the challenges confronted by the country demanded the greater unity among all ranks.

“Undoubtedly, the challenges we are facing today demand unity in our ranks,” the Air Chief said in his message read out by Deputy Chief of Air Staff (Personnel) Air Vice Marshal Khalid Dabir at a flag hoisting ceremony here at the Air Headquarters.

He said, “In these testing times, nothing but a sense of belonging and ownership with the country can inspire feelings of patriotism and self-sacrifice in the service of the nation.
We must show compassion for others by being forthcoming and lending a helping hand to our brothers and sisters in distress.
Indeed, Pakistan is our identity and through the spirit of nationalism we can promote national unity and supreme loyalty to motherland.

“While celebrating our nation’s birth with traditional patriotic fervour, we must strive to be worthy of our ancestors’ tremendous sacrifices and prove ourselves true inheritors of the invaluable reward bestowed upon us by Allah Almighty.

Pakistan Air Force celebrated the Independence Day of the country with fervour and dignity, said a press release.
The day commenced with special ‘Dua’ (prayer) after the morning prayer at all the mosques of Pakistan Air Force.
All airmen and civilian staff of the force assembled at their respective bases, units and headquarters to sing the national anthem.
Similar flag hoisting ceremonies were also held at all PAF air commands, bases and other establishments.
Meanwhile, a flag hosting ceremony was held here at Rawalpindi Arts Council yesterday to mark the Independence Day.
RAC Resident Director Waqar Ahmed accompanied by Khubaib Foundation Chairman Nadeem Ahmed Khan hosted the flag.
The purpose of the ceremony was to include orphans in the Independence Day celebrations, said a press release.

Speaking on the occasion, Waqar Ahmed said the citizens should celebrate independence with commitment to play their role for the progress of the country.

Nadeem Ahmed Khan highlighted services of leaders of Pakistan Movement and paid tribute to them.
He urged the citizens to play a role to end illiteracy and poverty.
Children presented national songs at the end of the ceremony.

Meanwhile, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Women Association (MFAWA) yesterday arranged a photo exhibition here to mark the 70th Independence Day.
At the exhibition, 32 works of 11 artists from across the country were put on display.
The event was attended among others by Advisor to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, Foreign Affairs Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry, diplomats from various countries and their families.
Among the artists whose paintings were showcased included Amjid Butt, Ayesha Kamal, Saima Ashfq, Makhtoom, Rizram, Aiab Khan, Nisar, Abdul Jabbar, Hamid Alivi, Sulahri and Ajab Khan.
Addressing the participants, Sartaj Aziz said the poetry of Allama Muhammad Iqbal thought equality and renewal of commitment to work for progress, prosperity and development of the country.
“Iqbal’s poetry is a source of knowledge and enlightenment for everyone,” he added.
The Advisor said that Allama Muhammad Iqbal had written letters to Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah for creation of a country where Muslims could practice their faiths freely.
The Secretary Foreign Affairs greeted the nation on the Independence Day and said Sartaj Aziz was lucky to shake hand with the Quaid-i-Azam, besides participating in the Pakistan Movement.

Both the Adviser and Secretary Foreign Affairs cut the Independence Day cake along with other guests.

Meanwhile, Islamabad Metropolitan Corporation organised colourful events, including fireworks, in connection with Independence Day celebrations here at the Parade Ground on Sunday night.
A large number of people from the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad witnessed the colourful activities.

IMC Mayor Sheikh Anser Aziz, who was the chief guest on the occasion, said he would make all-out efforts to make the Capital city more beautiful and modern according to the vision of the Prime Minister.
It may be added that the IMC has displayed banners and posters across the city felicitating the residents of Capital on Independence Day.

Meanwhile, the Capital development Authority (CDA) also organised a number of events including Table Tennis Tournament, Young Award Show at Pak China Friendship Centre, three-day Azadi Mela at Fatima Jinnah Park (F-9), Birds Show at Lake View Park and a cultural show at Arts and Craft Village in connection with Independence Day celebrations.

Women security highlighted on Independence Day

Independence Day is always an important occasion in the life of any nation, and so it is for us Pakistani’s. Everyone has their own way of expressing their love and appreciation for the country and this year was no different, despite of the fact that Pakistan has been struggling to survive the bloodiest times of times recently. Yet people are not letting go of hope and believe this will come to an end one day soon.

Every country has its flaws, no country is perfect, and everyone wants to improve the country’s and their own conditions and overcome the obstacles and Pakistan is no less. People from different backgrounds made videos to express their sentiments and give a message on Independence Day 2016.

CFX Comics is one setup that is working through the medium of comics to give a message of peace and hope to change mindsets for a better Pakistan. On this 14 august they made a video with Shirkat Gah and Kashaf Foundation demanding security and respect for women. The video shows how women were used, raped and killed, during partition in 1947 in the moments of hate and anger. Today also they are suffering in Pakistan in one form or the other. The video shows that the concept of man’s honor hides in a woman has to be shunned.

 

Working under the leadership of Dr Umer Saif, Peaceful Pakistan is working towards promoting peace, unity and interfaith harmony in. their Independence Day video reminds us of the sacrifices given by our elders in achieving this land. But the important point is, Ryan Joseph a young child, reminds us of our existence. That is the core message, the youth should be aware of its history and roots.

 

Ideas Brand is known to all, however what people don’t know is they have taken a step forward in empowering women and girls in the field of sports! They have done a great job of renovating the Lyari Women’s Boxing Club; this is such an inspirational video showing women given space to excel and fulfill their dreams. Independence Day 2016 has been very special for the Boxing girls of Lyari.

 

Sooper Biscuits a popular brand of Peek Freans released a video full of vibrant colors of Pakistan. It’s message that our country is more than what is shown in the media and it just needs to be explored for you to fall in love with it once again is beautifully rendered. Based on traditional music the clothes, instruments and real life locations add life to it. It makes the viewer crave for more, to witness it live, to feel it.

US Ambassador to Pakistan Mr. David Hale gave a message on Independence Day saying that he wished prosperity and progress for Pakistan. US and Pakistan have a long history of friendly ties. He acknowledged that Pakistanis are doing a remarkable job in every field.

 

Patari the online music hub created by a group of young entrepreneurs Khalid Bajwa, Iqbal Talaat Bhatti and Humayun Haroon is the largest Music streaming portal in Pakistan with apps on Android and iSO, also compiled a list of songs for Independence Day, starting from Dil Dil Pakistan to Sathio Mujahido. Everyone has grown up listening to these ‘taranas’ it would be a good walk down the memory lane once again!

 

Our cricket team, with the help of Pakistan Cricket Board and Jazz came forward to send wishes to us on this day. Younis Khan, Sami Aslam and Muhammad Hafeez recorded their statements. Pakistanis thanked the cricket team for the wonderful gift of beating the English team today.

 

Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif in his message paid tribute to all those who have sacrificed their lives in making Pakistan. Punjab CM also spoke about those who have laid down their lives in the war against terror and said he hope to make a better Pakistan by fighting against terrorism.

 

Last but not the least, Coke Studio released their eagerly awaited season this year. Coke Studio always a special event for everyone this year it features the a voice no longer with us, and Amjad Sabri’s voice will be heard for the last time this season. The preview of the national song “Aye Rahe Haq kay Shaheedo” was released few days ago before Independence Dayand became an instant making the absence of Amjad Sabri, an irreplaceable voice felt more deeply.

Perhaps the best message to come out of this 14 August 2016 was a post on social media from Karachi that said “Pretty decent feeling to see only one flag all over town.”

Independence day 2016 mubarik all!

Bilawal Bhutto decides to send legal notice to Ch Nisar

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Monday decided to send a legal notice to Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan over his allegation leveled against PPP leadership in his recent press conference in Islamabad.

Ch Nisar had claimed that the airline tickets of model Ayyan Ali and Bilawal Bhutto Zardari were purchased from the same account.

In response to these allegations, according to reports, Bilawal has directed some senior lawyers to prepare a legal notice against the Interior Minister.

The party sources asserted that Chaudhry Nisar must apologize over ‘baseless’ allegations or face legal action.

Sindh Police raising new unit in Counter Terrorism Department: IGP

KARACHI: The Sindh Police is raising a new unit of 1500 personnel in the Counter Terrorism Department that was set up after the initiation of the National Action Plan (NAP).

This was informed by the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Sindh A.D. Khawaja in an interview with the APP here.

He pointed out that the new unit is aimed at bringing further improvements in the Counter Terrorism Department which has performed well so far.

The unit will include 500 Assistant Sub Inspectors (ASIs) who will be inducted through the Sindh Public Service Commission, he added.

A separate school is being established for imparting anti terrorism training to selected manpower, the IGP disclosed.

The IGP informed that the provincial government has allocated Rs. 320 million this year for revamping Sindh Police s Special Branch.

“We are working zealously to make the Special Branch an active unit to perform intelligence gathering in an effective manner,” he remarked.

A.D. Khawaja maintained that recruitment in the Sindh Police is being undertaken on merit through National Testing Service (NTS).

These steps are aimed at building up this force in order to gear this up to effectively tackle the menace of terrorism, the IGP said.

He suggested that there should be a national data regarding driving as well as arms licenses data of vehicles and that of seminaries (Madaris) for prompt verification of required information.

He opined that the provinces should not have any reservations to this effect as such data would contribute towards effective sharing of required information.

A.D. Khawaja was of the view that the data of NADRA (National Database and Registration Authority) should also be shared in a proper manner.

He maintained that on our urging the NADRA has agreed to provide such a data.

The IGP suggested the introduction of a biometric system in collaboration with the NADRA for checking arms licenses.

Answering a question he pointed out that the police have been taking action against illegal immigrants from time to time.

He informed that 2 812 illegal immigrants have been arrested since the initiation of the NAP.

Replying to another query A.D. Khawaja said that 2115 cases have been registered and 1336 accused arrested over the violation of Sound System Act Loud Speaker Act.

While 126 cases have been registered in connection with hate speeches hate materials and 88 accused arrested, he added.

He further said that six arrests have been made on charges of terrorists financing.

In all 182 arrests have been made in action under Temporary Residence Act, he added.

The IGP informed that 22 140 suspects have been arrested in 48246 raids under combing operations intelligence based operations raids conducted in the province with regard to the implementation of the NAP.

Action has been initiated against 602 individuals placed on 4th Schedule, he added.

He said that 15588 cases have been registered under the Arms Act action against display of arms.

The IGP said that a total 311 suspected terrorists have been killed   233 were related to TTP and 78 to sectarian outfits adding that over 1200 suspects have been arrested.

About the progress of Karachi operation the IGP pointed out that target killing incidents have declined by 70 percent since the start of the action in September 2013 as 442 such incidents had been reported in the past 35 months as compared to 1 227 target killing incidents recorded in the corresponding period before the operation.

Similarly he said the incidents of terrorism came down from 77 to 54 incidents of murders declined from 6 836 to 3 989 and kidnapping for ransom incidents decreased from 274 to 183. Moreover extortion cases also reduced substantially, he added.

The IGP said that law and order situation in Karachi has improved significantly due to effective actions by police and Rangers.

However he believed that there are still some areas where work is required to be done.

Substantial improvement is there in the wake of Karachi Operation the IGP remarked expressing commitment to bring further improvements.

He suggested that laws should be framed regarding Madaris.

Independence Day marked in Peshawar with zeal

Several events arranged amid tight security

PESHAWAR: An unprecedented hustle and bustle was witnessed in the provincial capital Sunday as a number of events were arranged to mark the Independence Day.

Heavy contingents of police were deployed during the official functions as well as public places to maintain law and order. The entry points to the provincial capital were strengthened with additional deployments and search operations ahead of August 14.

The day dawned with 21-gun salute and Quran Khwani at mosques. In the University of Peshawar campus Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dr Muhammad Rasul Jan hoisted the national flag which was followed by police parade.

A book exhibition was organised at the Central Library in collaboration with Pakistan Study Centre which is headed by Professor Dr Fakhrul Islam. A photo exhibition was arranged at the Archaeology Museum Hall.

A ceremony was also held at University of Engineering and Technology. UET Vice-Chancellor Peshawar Prof Dr Iftikhar Hussain hoisted the national flag, followed by national anthem and special prayers for the country.  The day was marked at the historic Islamia College Peshawar which is the custodian of one-thirds of the estate of the Founder of Pakistan. Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dr. Habib Ahmad was the chief guest. Member National Assembly Musarrat Ahmadzeb, Pashto writer and poet Zaitoon Bano, and a former registrar of the University of Peshawar, Iftikhar Hussain Khan were the guests of honour. Urdu and Hindko language poet, Aziz Ijaz recited poetry. Senior poet, Abasin Yousafzai was the stage secretary.

Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Women University celebrated the day. Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dr. Razia Sultana hoisted the national flag. The staff, faculty and students also paid tribute to the legendry social worker Abdul Sattar Edhi.

A literary, cultural and social welfare organisation, Gandhara Hindko Board, arranged a colourful function at the Gandhara Hindko Academy. People from various walks of life, especially women and children, attended the programme.

Dr Salahuddin, conducted the proceedings; lyricist, Syed Saeed Gillani, presided over while Sajjad Babar Sheen Shaukat were the guests of honour.  Muhammad Ziauddin, an eminent Hindko writer, poet, research scholar and General Secretary of the Gandhara Hindko Board, said Pakistan was achieved after a long and sustained struggle waged by our elders.  The literatus also talked about efforts being made for the preservation and promotion of the Hindko language. He said the dream the Hindko Academy had been realized. “ The academy, set up last year, has published 50 Hindko books so far and is bringing out nine regular publications which is no small achievement,” he elaborated, hoping a Hindko TV channel and FM Radio would be on the ground one day.

The poets recited Hindko poems on the occasion. The social media famed, “Peshawari Vines” team presented skits. There was a quiz competition among the children, facilitated by research officer, Hina Tahir.

The Jamaat-e-Islami brought out a rally on the Charsadda Road. The party provincial chief Mushtaq Ahmad led the rally, which emerged from the Auqaf Hall. The participants were carrying Pakistani and JI flags. The banners were inscribed with different slogans.