The nation is celebrating Pakistan Day today with the pledge to work hard for the progress, prosperity and stability of the country.

The Day dawned with a 31-gun salute in the federal capital and 21-gun salutes in provincial capitals.

Special prayers were offered in mosques after Fajr prayers for the integrity and solidarity of the country.

It is a public holiday and national flag is being hoisted on major government buildings.

A change of guard ceremony was held at the tomb of national poet Allama Muhammad Iqbal this morning and a contingent of Pakistan Air Force assumed the guard duties.

The conventional military parade is the hallmark of the celebrations. This parade was held after a gap of seven years at the newly constructed Parade Ground near Faizabad Interchange.

An investiture ceremony will be held at Aiwan-e-Sadr this afternoon at which President Mamnoon Hussain will confer awards and medals on personalities for their outstanding performance in different fields. 

Investiture ceremonies will also be held in the provincial capitals to confer awards and medals.

Various political, social, religious, and literary organizations will arrange functions to highlight importance of Pakistan Resolution that paved the way for the creation of an independent homeland for Muslims of the subcontinent.

Pakistan Day is also being celebrated with traditional zeal and enthusiasm in Gilgit Baltistan.

The main function of Pakistan Day was held at Governor House in Gilgit, at which Governor Barjees Tahir conferred civil awards, including Pride of Performance and Tamgha-i-Imtiaz on behalf of President of Pakistan on recipient.

Radio Pakistan is broadcasting special programmes to mark the occasion.

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