Independence Day to be celebrated with more vigour: Pervaiz

ISLAMABAD, July 14 (APP): Minister for Information,
Broadcasting and National Heritage Senator Pervaiz Rashid on Thursday said Independence Day this year would be celebrated  with more vigour and enthusiasm throughout the country.

He was chairing a meeting along with Minister for Railways
Khawaja Saad Rafique here at the Ministry of Information, regarding Independence Day celebrations.

The Information Minister said through the celebrations
homage would be paid to the martyrs of Pakistan Movement and soldiers, who sacrificed their lives while defending the country, besides highlighting culture and heritage of all regions of Pakistan.

The minister directed all the departments of the Ministry of
Information to work together with other ministries and Pakistan Railways to highlight ideological base of the country through the Independence Day celebrations.

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The Railways Minister informed the meeting that Pakistan
Railways had made preparations to run the Azadi Train with more improvement this year in connection with Independence Day celebrations.

It would run through all the provinces and regions of the country to highlight various aspects of the Freedom Movement.

He said the objective to run the Azadi Train was to inform
the younger generation about the struggle for Pakistan, highlight  the sacrifices of armed forces and introduce different cultures of  the country to them.

The meeting was informed that there would also be countrywide sports activities, national Mushaira (poetry recitation), debating  contests and national songs competitions across schools, colleges and universities, photo exhibitions and food bazaars at major railways stations.

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The meeting decided to constitute an inter-ministerial special
coordination committee for integrated implementation of Azadi Train plan at the operational level.

The meeting was attended by Secretary IB&NH Syed Imran
Gardezi, Secretary Cabinet Nadeem Hassan Asif, Secretary Railways Ms Perveen Agha, media chiefs and senior officials of the Pakistan Railways and Cabinet Division.