All is set to celebrate Independence Day — the 14th of August —- in entire South Punjab region as the atmosphere echoes with melody of national songs.

Stalls of buntings, national flags, badges and other items related to Independence Day have surfaced like mushrooms in all areas of Multan, Vehari, Lodhran, Bahawalpur, Dera Ghazi Khan and other towns of South Punjab. A large number of citizens, especially children and youngsters, were witnessed buying flags, badges, stickers and buntings.

The citizens decorated their cars, motorbikes, buses, vans and other vehicles with national flags and stickers. Playing national songs at full volume, car riders rallied on city roads throughout the Tuesday night. Almost all the prominent private and public buildings have tastefully been illuminated. Besides shopping buntings and other Independence Day related articles, the excited children got national flags painted on their faces to celebrate the event. “The enthusiasm seen in the younger generation for celebrating particularly this Independence Day is very important keeping in view the prevailing law and order situation across the country,” said an analyst Azizul Haq Qureshi while talking to this scribe. He was of the opinion that the government should adopt all out means to attract the youth towards August 14 celebrations with a view to developing national passion among them.

Meanwhile, the district administration announced that all sirens installed by the Civil Defence Department in Multan would be blown at 8:58 am for one minute after which one minute silence would be observed. Similarly, flag hoisting ceremonies at all government and private organizations would be held at 9 am followed by national anthem. A big function will be held by the City District government at Qila Qasim Bagh. Similarly, the flag hoisting ceremony at Lahore High Court Multan bench will be held at 8 am and all judges as well as officers and staffers of Multan Bench will participate in the function.

suffocation in MIC: Heart patients have to suffer severe suffocation due to poor functioning of air-conditioning, in air-tight Multan Institute of Cardiology. Attendants of the patients complained that suffocation, triggered by low gas pressure, is more oppressive in night time.

Deputy Medical Superintending Dr Faheem Labar informed that they had approached administration of SNGPL for increasing gas pressure for the air-conditioning but no step could be taken so far to address the problem.

He said that it was a genuine issue and the patients as well as attendants, doctors and paramedics have to face suffocation in the hospital. He stated mugginess increases during night timings which creates more troubles.

He claimed that they have made continuous written requests to administration of SNGPL, Ministry of Petroleum to increase gas pressure for the Chiller but their requests and appeals remained unheeded.

Malik Abdur Rehman, an attendant of a patients stated that his patients felt immense irritation due mugginess and stated that administration should improve functioning of Chiller in the air-tight hospital.