Independence Day celebrations formally started on Thursday following a flag-hoisting by Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD) minister at Islamabad Model College for Girls F-6/2.
ICG and its auditorium were decorated with national flags while students were adorning traditional dresses of different provinces.
The minister, Barrister Usman Ibrahim, started the month-long celebrations at educational institutions of Islamabad Capital Territory by hoisting the national flag at the college.
Later the ceremony started with famous national songs by students from different women’s colleges.
Ibrahim said that the month long celebrations would not just end on Aug 31 as it would be practiced throughout the year.
He further added that this month of celebrations is like the month of Ramazan, from which we learn good things to apply throughout the year.
He emphasised that it was their collective responsibility to steer this country out of uncertainty, quagmire and miseries.
He admired the enthusiasm and patriotism in students. Further he said that the youth of country was very talented, hardworking and honest and we should learn these good manners from them.
Speeches from male and female students were also hold stressing for unity and avoid segregation and chaos.
Ayesha Khalid, who sang Jeeway Pakistan, said that they had prepared for this event for the last two weeks and teachers support was vital.
The auditorium was jam-packed with teachers, students and parents and jubilantly hoisting handy national flags.
CADD Secretary Faridullah Khan also addressed the gathering and stated that time is ripe for unity in this country as it cannot afford more damage and destruction.
Later the minister visited the newly-constructed computer lab and planted an olive tree in the lawn of the academic block.
Throughout the month, Educational institutes will hold speech, sports, games and debate competition while cash awards will be distributed at the end of the events.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 8th, 2014.