Islamabad: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Saturday has given his approval for hoisting Independence Day flag ceremony at the Parliament House.This approval came after Senate Chairman Raza Rabbani suggested formally to then Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on June 19, to shift the venue from Islamabad Convention Centre to Parliament House.
Raza Rabbani in his letter had said that the flag-hoisting ceremony should he hosted in the Parliament House courtyard when a democratic government is in power, and it was unanimously approved by the Senate body.
Chairman Senate was of the view, that the hosting of the ceremony in Parliament House will send a message to the people of Pakistan that their elected representatives are at the helm of affairs, adding that “Past dictators had tried to deprive the people of their right to rule by limiting this symbolic ceremony to close quarters”.
The Senate chairman has been informed of the approval for shift in venue. Arrangements for the event will be made by the Cabinet Division.