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Quetta shakes off fear, celebrates Aug 14


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A rickshaw bedecked with miniature flags joins an impromptu 'rally on wheels' of people celebrating the Independence Day. — Photo by Dawn

QUETTA: For the first time in recent years, Quetta reverberated with slogans of “Pakistan Zindabad” as people in their thousands thronged various streets on cars, rickshaws, motorcycles and on foot.

As in other cities and towns in the country there was a festive mood all over the Balochistan capital.

Important city arteries like Zarghoon Road, Jinnah Road  and Prince Road saw thousands of youth riding motorcycles and cars, some of which blared out national songs.

The roads were a sea of green as most vehicles and pedestrians carried the national flag.

“We are happy to watch youth dancing in traditional Pakhtoon and Balochi fashion,” said an official of the district administration. “The sight of people  swarming roads and markets to celebrate the independence day after a long time has warmed our hearts,” he added.

The presence of women and children in big numbers lent a homely touch to the atmosphere.

Some youths were seen indulging their passion for one-wheeling after taking out silencer from their bikes.

Important government buildings like the Governor House, Chief Minister House, Balochistan Assembly, Balochistan High Court, the Secretariat and the Frontier Corps headquarters were bathed in fancy lights.

A display of fireworks organised by the Frontier Corps thrilled crowds at the Ayub Stadium. There was an impressive turnout at a tribal jirga organised by the Frontier Corps.

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usman ali Aug 15, 2012 03:02pm
Great...Our Baluch brothers are as patriotic as we are. What we have been hearing is the media hype and exploitation of some people by foreign agencies. We in Peshawar observed independence day with the same zeal.
ahsan_iftikhar Aug 15, 2012 12:09pm
I was a very good sight and welcoming news from Baluchistan. But there is a long road ahead. Apart from just celebrating we should indulge in self reflection about what went wrong with us in the last couple of decades. We must ensure that political motives of some do not let the people get distant from one another. Most importantly we must select the right candidate for our constituency, if we want the situation to improve. Lastly, me best wishes and prays for all my brother and sisters in Pakistan.
Chakar Baloch Aug 16, 2012 02:36pm
All lies.. There wasn't any one who was celebrating 14 august except for a gathering at ayub stadium by Pak army in which 5 out of 55 ministers only present , and there was another gathering on the night of 14 in a restraunt which was bombed . The rest of balochistan did not even see a single pakistani flag as it was seen as a black day .Stop living in a fools paradise.
MAJanjua Aug 15, 2012 12:32pm
Very right may Allah Kareem keep Pakistan till Day of Judgment, SALAMT, MUTAHID AND AAZAD, a Muslim welfare state rubbing shoulders with the developed nations of the world.
Malik - Aus Aug 15, 2012 09:37am
Great News.......PAkistan Zindabad, Paindabad... Pakistan with all provinces, Baluchistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhua, Triabl area, Gilgit Baltistan, Sindh and Punjab Forever together.........INSHALLAH
khurram raza Aug 15, 2012 03:21pm
it is very positive changing
Hamood Aug 15, 2012 04:57pm
That's what I love about Dawn. Always reporting never sensationalizing. Express Tribune on the other hand has an agenda and looks like a tabloid compared to Dawn. This morning ET reported that Balochistan was shut down without giving any specifics. It failed to mention that only some Baloch areas were shut down after threat from some terrorist organizations. Dawn on the other hand gave specifics including the names of the streets and also a picture. Dawn is still light years ahead of ET and its like.
Syed Aug 15, 2012 06:40pm
Inshallah all the international conspiracies will fail, Pakistan will remain united and will flourish in future. I wish a true leader should take over quickly and remove all the foolies which the present and passed government has done and damged the image of Pakistan.
Annie Aug 15, 2012 09:55pm
It is such a heartening news. We love you our baloch brothers and sisters for this display of unity and we are thoroughly ashamed of our negligence on checking government when they were and still depriving you of your human and constitutional rights.
Shahbaz Aug 16, 2012 04:00am
Balochistan is a part pakistan. We the pushtoon youth of balochistan will make sure of it ..