The 66th Independence Day of the Federation was celebrated with National fervor and exuberance across the Country, while expatriates across the globe shared the joy equally. The Independence Day Celebrations began with special prayers for the integrity, sovereignty and solidarity of the Federation after Fajr prayers, followed by a 31-gun salute n the Federal Capital, while Provincial Capital Cities of Lahore, Karachi, Quetta, and Peshawar, besides Azad Kashmir [Unlink] offered a 21-gun salute. Sirens were sounded at 08.58, after which all traffic ceased and a one-minute silence was observed Special function of change of guard was also held at the Jinnah Mausoleum, while military and civil officials also laid floral wreaths at the tomb, which was participated by a large number of citizens. President Asif Ali Zardari [Unlink] and PM Raja Pervez Ashraf offered hearty congratulations to Nation on its 65th Independence Day, in their special messages; while all governmental and private buildings were adorned with lights and flags. Special Flag hoisting ceremony was held at Islamabad’s Convention Center by Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf. Addressing the flag hoisting ceremony at Convention Centre in Islamabad ‚ he said the survival and resolution of the country s problems lie in continuation of the democratic setup. He said creation of Pakistan is the great example of the success of democratic movement which proved to the entire world that democracy is the system reflecting aspirations of the people. The Prime Minister resolved to transform the country into a truly welfare state as envisioned by the Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. Prime Minister Ashraf said democracy has been strengthened in the last four years. He said the Baloch people are patriot and assured that their sense of deprivation will be ended. Prime Minister Pervez Ashraf said due to the mistakes of previous government, problems took place in Balochistan. He said the democratic government has announced Aghaz-e-Haqooq-e-Balochistan and provided jobs to the youth of the province. Prime Minister said government is fully aware about the situation in Karachi and is taking every step to address it. Meanwhile children, old and youth showed a thrilling exuberance and joy, whence thousands of youth made an international record by singing The National Anthem in unison. Youth in Islamabad danced on the roads to showcase their emotions, while youth in Quetta were no less far behind in their enthusiasm. Rallies were also taken out, while Pakistani Nation pledged to play their due roles in progress and development of The Federation, and ensure elimination of scourge of terrorism from Country, ushering in peace and harmony.