Residents of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) were not far behind their counterparts in the rest of the country in celebrating the country’s Independence Day.
The main flag-hoisting ceremony was held at the President’s Secretariat where President Sardar Muhammad Yaqoob Khan hoisted the national flag with the AJK police presenting him with a guard of honour.
While talking to the media, the president lashed out at both Imran Khan and Tahirul Qadri, accusing them of destabilising the country. He said nobody would be the beneficiary of the long marches except the country’s foes. “Both of them (Qadri and Imran) should join hands to save Pakistan as marches and demonstrations are not the solution to any problem,” he said.
In another event arranged by the Ministry of Sports, Culture and Youth Affairs, AJK Prime Minister Chaudhry Abdul Majeed, Minister Sports, Culture and Youth Affairs Saleem Butt and leaders of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (local chapter) were also present to show their solidarity with Pakistan.
At the occasion, schoolchildren sang various national songs and presented tableaus to highlight sacrifices made by the workers of the Pakistan Movement.
Later, the ministry’s employees marched on the various roads of Muzaffarabad while holding a 210 foot national flag.
Moreover, flag-hoisting ceremonies were also held at all district headquarters of AJK where deputy commissioners and commissioners hoisted national flags.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 15th, 2014.