Karachi, August 14, 2016 (PPI-OT):An impressive Change of Guard ceremony was held at mausoleum of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah as the entire nation celebrated 70th Independence Day. Smartly turned out contingent of Pakistan Naval Academy cadets clad in ceremonial dresses assumed ceremonial guard duties at Mazar-e-Quaid this morning with traditional spirit, customary enthusiasm and befitting manner to mark the Independence Day celebrations. The contingent was led by Lt Commander Imran of Pakistan Naval Academy.
Commandant Pakistan Naval Academy, Commodore Adnan Ahmad graced the occasion as Chief Guest and reviewed the guard. The Chief Guest and smartly turned out cadets of Pakistan Navy presented Quami Salam to the Father of the Nation, Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.
The ceremonial Guard mounting was followed by floral wreath laying at the Mazar-e-Quaid by the Chief Guest on behalf of Chief of the Naval Staff, officers and men of Pakistan Navy. Later on, the Chief Guest offered Fateha and recorded his remarks in the visitor book and paid rich tribute to our beloved Quaid.
Earlier, the day dawned with 21 guns salute. Thanks-giving prayers were offered after Namaz-e-Fajr in mosques at all PN units and establishments for solidarity and prosperity of the nation and to express unity special prayers were offered for Kashmiri brethren too. All naval ships and establishments decorated and illuminated in Navy’s traditional manner.
Singing of national anthem at all naval units/establishments in the morning as well as various sports fixtures were also a part of day long celebrations. Independence Day celebrations at Pakistan Navy educational institutions were also held where school children presented tableaus on national songs and declamation contests were held highlighting the importance of Independence Day.
Huge independence day ceremonies were held by PN units at Turbat, Gwadar, Makran, Ormara and other coastal areas which were attended by a large number of local populace. Pakistan Navy conducted a special Jashan-e-Azadi rally in Turbat with collaboration of Frontier Core. The Change of Guard ceremony was witnessed by a large of number of military, civil officials, school children and general public.
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