Independence Day celebrated across Balochistan with fervour

QUETTA:The 71st Independence Day of Pakistan was celebrated with national fervour and solemnity across Balochistan on Tuesday.The day began with special prayers in mosques for the unity, solidarity and prosperity of the country. A 21-gun salute was presented after the morning prayer in the provincial capital.
The main ceremony was held at the lawns of Balochistan Assembly where caretaker Chief Minister Mir Allauddin Marri and Balochistan Assembly Speaker Raheela Hameed Khan Durrani jointly hoisted the national flag.Commander Southern Command Lieutenant General Saleem Bajwa, provincial ministers, newly elected assembly members, Balochistan chief secretary, inspector general of police, IG Frontier Corps Balochistan and other high officials attended the flag hoisting ceremony.
Addressing the ceremony, the chief minister said the cowardly terror attacks could not weaken the morale of the nation as security forces were tryingto eliminate the menace of terrorism from the country.The security forces were playing an important role to ensure sustainable peace across the province, he said and paid tribute their martyrs.China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and other ongoing projects in the province, he said, would remove sense of deprivation among the people and bring prosperity in the region.
Balochistan, he said, was rich in natural resources, which were needed to be explored and utilized for the welofare of its people.The chief minister said it was a matter of pleasure that democracy was taking roots as democratic institutions were getting strengthened as it was the only way for the country to make progress.He said the Mastung suicide attack and Quetta bombing were aimed at disrupting the general election in Balochistan. However, the people foiled the nefarious designs of the terrorists by casting their votes on July 25 and they had now great expectations from the new government, which would hopefully address their problems, he added.
He congratulated the nation on the 71st Independence Day of the country.Frontier Corps (FC) Balochistan Sector Commander Quetta Taswur Sattar along with Nawabzada Jam Kamal Raisani hoisted the national flag after laying a wreath at the grave of Siraj Raisani in Mastung. Raisani among over 130 persons,had martyred and as many injured in a suicide attack at an election meeting.Deputy Commissioner Saifullah Khetran hoisted the national flag at a ceremony in Government Boys High School Dalbandin.
He also distributed prizes among the students, who presented national anthem and a tableau show.Quetta Electric Supply Company (QESCO) officials and employees also celebrated the Independence Day at the QESCO headquarters and offered prayers for the stability and development of country. The national flag was also hoistedatop the building.The Frontier Corps Balochistan and local administration arranged a flag hoisting ceremony in Kuhlo, which was attended by civil society members, officials and students.
Deputy Commissioner Agha Nabeel Akhar hoisted the naltional flag.Deputy Commissioner Loralai Abdul Nasir Doltani also took part in the national flag hositing ceremony in Duki. Ceremonies were also held in Pishin, Mastung, Khuzdar, Kalat, Nushki, Kharan, Chaghi, Turbat, Panjgur, Jaffarabad, Nasriabad, Sibi and other areas in connection with the Independence Day.– APP


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