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824hr
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Islamabad
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Prime Minister Imran Khan will visit Muzaffarabad today (Wednesday) as part of the government's decision to observe Independence Day in solidarity with the people of Kashmir in wake of revocation of special constitutional status of Indian-Occupied Kashmir (IoK) by India. During his visit to the valley on the occasion of Independence Day, Prime Minister Khan will address the Azad Jammu and Kashmir legislative assembly.
The decision to dedicate Independence Day to the Kashmiris and their just struggle for their right of self-determination was made during a National Security Committee (NSC) meeting, two days after Indian-occupied Jammu and Kashmir was stripped of its autonomous status by the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party in India. It was also decided that August 15, India's day of independence, will be observed as black day in protest against the ongoing Indian atrocities, blatant human rights violations and imposition of curfew in the Indian-occupied Kashmir.
Meanwhile, Independence Day celebrations across the country were in full swing on Tuesday, also the second day of Eidul Azha. Municipal workers in the twin cities are busy in installing national government buildings like parliament house, and other high-rise buildings.
The government has introduced a special logo for Independence Day which has been created to express solidarity with people of occupied Kashmir. It is based on the "Kashmir banega Pakistan" theme, with the word 'Kashmir', written in red, representing sacrifices rendered during the struggle for freedom by the Kashmiris.
Vendors have set up stalls of buntings, national flags, banners, badges and pictures of national heroes who struggled tirelessly to achieve a common goal for Muslims of South Asia. Special dresses for boys and girls made of green and white colours representing the two colours of the national flag are also on sale in some cities.
Different organisations are also arranging seminars, mushaira, sports events, as well as national song and speech competitions in this regard. The government has also made arrangements to illuminate important national buildings and monuments throughout the country.
The provincial and district governments as well as educational institutions and art councils throughout the country have also planned a series of events in connection with Independence Day. A mammoth function in connection with the Independence Day will be held at Jinnah Convention Centre, in which President Arif Alvi will be the chief guest.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2019

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