PR No. 71 Islamabad

Independence day, this year, will be celebrated with enhanced vigor and enthusiasm throughout the country, said Federal Minister for IB & NH, Senator Pervaiz Rashid while co chairing a meeting along with Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique, at the Ministry of IB&NH, today, regarding Independence Day celebrations .
Minister for IB & NH said that through the celebrations we will pay homage to martyrs of the Pakistan Movement, highlight culture and heritage of all regions of Pakistan and soldiers who sacrificed their lives while defending the country.
Information Minister directed all departments of the Ministry of IB&NH to work together with other Ministries and Pakistan Railways to highlight ideological base of the Country through the Independence Day celebrations.
The Minister for Railways informed the meeting that Pakistan Railways has made preparations to run the Azadi Train with enhanced improvements this year. He said that on the occasion of Independence Day celebrations a special Azadi Train will be run, in all provinces and regions of the country to highlight various aspects of the Freedom Movement.  He said that Azadi Train is aimed at informing the younger generation about the struggle for Pakistan, highlight sacrifices of the armed forces and introduce different cultures of Pakistan to them.
The meeting was informed that there would also be countrywide sports activities, national mushaira, debating contests, competitions of national songs across schools, colleges and universities, photo exhibitions and food bazaars on major railways stations.
The Meeting decided to constitute inter ministerial special coordination committee for integrated implementation of Azadi train plan at the operational level.
The meeting was also attended by Secretary IB & NH Syed Imran Gardezi, Secretary Cabinet Mr. Nadeem Hassan Asif, Secretary Railways Ms. Perveen Agha, media chiefs and senior officials of the Pakistan Railway and Cabinet Division.