History on carriages: Azadi Train begins month-long journey

Published August 11, 2016
Information Minister Pervaiz Rasheed inaugurates the Azadi Train. APP
Information Minister Pervaiz Rasheed inaugurates the Azadi Train. APP
Federal ministers Pervaiz Rasheed and Khawaja Saad Rafique view the Azadi Train. APP
Federal ministers Pervaiz Rasheed and Khawaja Saad Rafique view the Azadi Train. APP
People look at floats of Azadi Train displaying different cultures. Online
People look at floats of Azadi Train displaying different cultures. Online
People seen in a museum inside the Azadi Train. Online
People seen in a museum inside the Azadi Train. Online
People look at floats of Azadi Train displaying different monuments. Online
People look at floats of Azadi Train displaying different monuments. Online
Azadi Train prepared in connection with Independence Day. Online
Azadi Train prepared in connection with Independence Day. Online
Police woman guards a float during inauguration ceremony of Azadi Train. Online
Police woman guards a float during inauguration ceremony of Azadi Train. Online
A view of floats of Azadi Train which arrived at Rawalpindi Railway Station. Online
A view of floats of Azadi Train which arrived at Rawalpindi Railway Station. Online
People viewing the Azadi Train it departs from Margallah Railway Station. APP
People viewing the Azadi Train it departs from Margallah Railway Station. APP
People look as the Azadi Train prepares to start its journey at Margalla Railway Station. —AFP
People look as the Azadi Train prepares to start its journey at Margalla Railway Station. —AFP
Policewomen stand guard beside a poster bearing the image of slain Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani which adorns carriages of the Azadi Train. —AFP
Policewomen stand guard beside a poster bearing the image of slain Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani which adorns carriages of the Azadi Train. —AFP
Residents walk past carriages of the Azadi Train before its journey from Margalla Railway Station. —AFP
Residents walk past carriages of the Azadi Train before its journey from Margalla Railway Station. —AFP

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Senator Pervaiz Rashid said on Thursday that Azadi Train is a symbol of national unity which depicts the past, present and future of the country.

Addressing the launching ceremony of the Azadi Train along with Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafiq and the adviser to prime minister for national history and literary heritage, Irfan Siddiqui, the minister said that the train would inform the new generation especially students about the achievements made by Pakistan.

He said that through the gallery of historic pictures, the new generation would learn how Muslims of the sub-continent struggled under the leadership of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah for achieving Pakistan.

The train consists of coaches representing the culture and traditions of all four provinces of Pakistan and Azad Kashmir and is scheduled to cover some 4,000 kilometres in a journey of a month which will culminate at the port city of Karachi.

The Azadi Train will also depict the country’s fight against terrorism and extremism to eliminate this scrounges from the society, he remarked.

It will also update the masses about the steps taken for progress and development of the country, he added.

He also congratulated the railways' minister and staff for preparing Azadi Train on behalf of the government and the prime minister.

According to details, the Azadi Train started its one-month long country-wide journey from Margalla Station Islamabad along with floats depicting different aspects of Pakistan's culture which will highlight sacrifices of heroes of the independence movement.

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