Pakistan marks Independence Day amid worst floods (2)

11:18, August 15, 2010      

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Pakistani boys purchase national flags to celebrate the Independence Day in northwest Pakistan's Peshawar Aug. 14, 2010. (Xinhua/Saeed Ahmad)
People showed less interest in buying the products related to the Independence Day celebrations as the whole nation is sad due to the flood devastation. They also shifted their budget towards donation to help the flood-hit.

In spite of a gloomy atmosphere in the country, some live- hearted people celebrated the day with full swing. They said the nation should not be sad in this tough time but stand up to show solidarity.

Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari also called for helping flood victims on the Independence Day.

"The best way to celebrate the Independence Day this year is to reach out to the victims of this natural disaster, heal their wounds and help them to help themselves," said Zardari, in his message delivered to the nation.

Meanwhile, Pakistani army canceled all celebration activities and events to save the money for the welfare of the flood-affected people.

The citizens of capital Islamabad could not see the march-past by Pakistani army in the parade ground in front of the president house as it was canceled by authorities.

Pakistani air force also canceled its air shows on the Independence Day.

Majority of Pakistani people are supporting the government decision to cancel all programs and ceremonies on the occasion.

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