QUETTA: Traditional fervour and vigour was on display during Pakistan Day celebrations across the province as people of Balochistan showed their love for the motherland.
The day began with a 21-gun salute and flag-hoisting ceremony in the provincial capital, while different organisations and parties held rallies and ceremonial events in different cities of Balochistan, including Quetta.
Pakistan Baloch Unity held a rally from Sariab Road to Quetta Press Club. Pakistan Baloch Unity Chairman Mir Khuda Bux Mari led the rally with participants carrying a 300-metre-long Pakistani flag. They also chanted patriotic slogans to show their love for the country.
In Pishin, a flag-hoisting ceremony was held at a rest house to mark the day. Deputy Commissioner (DC) Aurangzeb Badeni presided over the ceremony in which District Police Officer Tariq Elahi Mastoi hoisted the flag. Police personnel marched on the occasion to the tune of a band, while the national anthem was also played.
The deputy commissioner said March 23 was an historic date for the country. “It was on this day that the Pakistan Resolution, the landmark document seeking a separate Muslim state for the Muslims of the Subcontinent was passed in 1940,” said Badeni.
The deputy commissioner distributed certificates among the family members of martyred Levies officials and paid tribute to them. Tribal leaders, politicians, community leaders and district officers attended the ceremony.
Meanwhile, a ceremony was held to mark the day at the Frontier Corps (FC) Headquarters in Nushki. FC Commandant Colonel Azhar Ali Shiraz, DC Razzaq Baloch and Lieutenant Colonel Muhammad Asif hoisted the national flag. An exhibition of weaponry was also held on the occasion. Later, the Nushki FC commandant hoisted the flag during a ceremony in Chagai.
A Pakistan Day ceremony was held in the Pakistan-Iran border city Taftan, with the assistant commissioner doing the flag-hoisting honours.
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There was active participation from students in the festivities, as they held rallies in various cities to express their love for the country.
An elaborate ceremony was organised at the FC School and College in Chaman. The commandant of Chaman Scouts, wing commanders, tribal leaders and a large number of people attended the ceremony.
The students performed a tableau to portray their love for the country and also sang national songs. The weapons used by the army were also on display in the ceremony.
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Similar celebrations were held in Kuchlak, Kalat, Mastung and other cities of Balochistan, with people trying to outdo each other to show their love for Pakistan.
Meanwhile, the army set up a day-long medical camp in Khuzdar to mark the day.