LANDI KOTAL: Like elsewhere in the country, the tribesmen of Khyber celebrated 71th Independence Day celebrated with zeal and renewed the pledge to make Pakistan more prosperous and will never hesitate to sacrifice their lives for the sake of their motherland. In connection of 14th August, number of programs had been organized in different parts of Khyber district.
The day was dawned with special prayers in the morning pray for the progress and solidarity of the country. A simple but impressive gathering was held at Torkham border that was attended by the Commandant Khyber Rifles, Col Farrukh Humayun and Assistant Commissioner Landi Kotal Niaz Muhammad beside other officials. The Afghan border security officials greeted the Pak officials on the Independence Day and presented them gifts and sweets. Main event of the I- Day in Landi Kotal division was initiated at the sports ground of Hamza Baba Complex,Landi Kotal under the auspices of Khyber Sports Club, that was attended by forces and administration officials beside thousands of dwellers of the area.
Number of sports competitions including Tug of war, PT and Martial art shows, Athletic, gymnastic, weight lifting and shooting were held. The national songs, speeches, dramas presented on the occasion enthralled the audience.
Earlier, the tribesmen had finalized all preparations by decorating their houses and business centers on the eve of 14th August. On the middle night of Monday and Tuesday a spectacular fire work and music shows were happen at Landi Kotal forces cantonment and music shows were initiated at Takia, Khyber Zakha Khel that amused the locals.
Assistant Commissioner, Jamrud Zahid Usman hoisted the national flag in a ceremony held in Jamrud, attended beside by newly elected Member Parliament from NA-43,Pir Noorul Haq Qadri and large number of elders and administration officials. Flower wrath was laid on the monument of martyrs. Car rallies were also arranged in Landi Kotal and Jamrud divisions.