By: Zulfiqar Ali Khan
Hunza/Gilgit, November 3: The 61st Independence Day of Gilgit-Baltistan has been celebrated with traditional fervour.
The celebrations started in Chinar Bagh, Gilgit where Babar Yaqub Fatah Muhammad; Chief Secretary NAs, Maj General Muzammil Hussain; Force commander NAs, Mir Ghazanfer Ali Khan; Chief Executive Northern Areas along with other senior government officials and retired army personnel participated in a simple flag hosting ceremony. They laid floral wreaths and offered fateha at the mausoleum of the heroes of the war of independence and paid tributes for leading the successful revolt against Dogra Raj.
A rally was held from Chinar Bagh to City Park in which a large number of students from the local schools were holding placards having Independence Day slogans. The Chief Secretary despatched aid goods of two trucks to the earthquake victims of Balochistan. He also announced to donate two-day salary of the government employees of NAs for the quake victims of Balochistan.
The cultural programme scheduled at City Park was cancelled to show solidarity with the aggrieved People of Balochistan.
The Force Commander NAs also hosted a special dinner participated by a large number of civil and army officials, members NALA ad retired army personnel. The Force Commander distributed gifts among the retired army personnel.
Syed Jafar Shah, President Pakistan Peoples Party, NAs while addressing to the Independence Day gathering at Ghakuch, Ghizar said that the federal government is devising a comprehensive constitutional package for Gilgit-Baltistan which will end the 61 years long deprivation of the people of the region.
Small gatherings were also organised in all government schools of Gilgit-Baltistan where the speakers paid tributes to the heroes of the war of independence.
The Gilgit-Baltistan Democratic Alliance (GBDA) also organised a congregation in Gilgit where speakers stressed the need to declare the constitutional status of the region. The speakers said that the people of the region have rendered sacrifices for the country however the region is still deprived of basic human rights. For more pictures visit ww.khunjerab.multiply.com