Pakistan’s 66th Independence Day was celebrated with much enthusiasm in the city on Tuesday. The festive mood was apparent as residents, especially the young, swarmed major arteries armed with flags.
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) Chief Minister Amir Haider Khan Hoti hoisted the national flag at gathering organised by the City District Government at Malik Saad Police Line. Many other government, administration and police officials were present at the gathering along with other notables from the city. Talking to media after the gathering, the CM reiterated K-P’s resolve against terrorism. He said the issue confronted not just the province, but entire country.
Meanwhile, a flag hoisting ceremony was also arranged at the Peshawar High Court (PHC), attended by Chief Justice (CJ) Dost Muhammad Khan. Talking with media, the CJ took a stand against corruption, terming its eradication the ‘sole key to unleash a revolution in the country’. He maintained that nations prosper only after corruption is confronted and urged people to tolerate it no more.
University of Peshawar also commemorated the country’s independence with a variety of functions. Following a formal flag hoisting ceremony, various students presented national songs and speeches to display their patriotic spirit. A special photo exhibition highlighting the independence struggle was also arranged.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 15th, 2012.