PESHAWAR: Most of the major markets are flooded with national flags, stickers and badges, attracting people especially young generation ahead of Independence Day celebrations.
The shopkeepers and traders at ancient Qisakhwani bazaar, Khyber bazaar and Hasthangri have brought huge quantity of stock of national flags, badges, stickers and masks, which are being sold like a hot cake.
These markets are attracting people especially children and youth of Khyber-Pakthunkhwa where preparations have reached its peak to celebrate the 71st Independence Day of Pakistan in most befitting manner.
With only a week left in Independence Day’s celebrations, a sea of national flags was being witnessed in all cities, villages, markets, bazaars, streets and towns of K-P where people are hoisting national flags on their houses and vehicles to express love with their country.
The national flags and stickers carrying photos of leaders of Pakistan Movement were being sold like a hot cakes and enthusiasm of people especially of youth and children was spectacular.
The children are being seen busy in selecting different sizes of flags, stickers, badges and buntings with so many designs in different markets and shops to celebrate the day with national passion.
Ehtesham Khan, a resident of Nowshera who came to Peshawar to buy national flags, stickers and badges at Qisakhwani bazaar told APP on Monday that he was very pleased to see so many sizes of buntings, flags and stickers ahead of Independence Day cleberations.
“I bought 2,000 stickers, flags and badges for myself, friends and relatives to celebrate the 71st Independence Day in most befitting manner,” he said. “We have planned a comprehensive programme to come to Peshawar again on August 14 to watch national flag hoisting ceremonies.”
Adeel Khan, a printer from Qisakhwani Bazaar told APP that people’s demands for stickers, badges and national flags were overwhelming this year and printers were working till late night to meet the orders.
He said decorative items were in high demand these days including national flags, multi-coloured garlands, badges, ‘Minar-e-Pakistan and Islamia College models, coloured masks and portraits of the Quaid-e-Azam and national heroes.
He said most enthusiastic were the youth and children who were busy in collecting stickers, badges and also beautifying their bicycles, bikes, cars and houses with national flags and special stickers inscribed with messages of Independence Day.
The vendors on roadsides were also attracting huge public response ahead of the Independence Day and earning two times high as compared to last year.
The political, educational, social and literary organisations have also planned various programmes in connection with the day.
The organisers were giving final touches to the programmes while schools have planned declamation contests and tableaus to celebrate the day in befitting manner.