Azadi train aims to highlight Pakistan’s rich culture and historic struggle in Independence Movement
A Special Azadi train has started its 14-day long journey from Margalla Station today on the occasion of Pakistan’s 70th Independence Day
The Azadi train has been launched by Pakistan Railways and inaugurated by Minister for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Marriyum Aurangzeb at Islamabad’s Margalla Station.
According to the schedule released by the Ministry of Railways, the train will reach Peshawar Cantonment at 4:30pm. On August 13 it will depart the cantonment at 10:30 in the morning for Rawalpindi and will reach there at 7:15 in the evening. It will leave Rawalpindi on Aug 15 at 9:15 in the morning and will touch Lahore at 10:00 in the night.
Afte a stopover in Lahore for two days, the Azadi Train will leave for Multan and arrive there at 11:30 in the night. It will reach Sukkur at 8:00 in the night on August 19. On August 20, it will proceed from Sukkur for Sibbi and will arrive there at 8 in the evening.
Afterwards, it will arrive at Quetta at 7:00 in the morning. On August 23 it will depart Quetta at 7:00 am and will arrive at Sukkur at 7:30 in the evening. It’s journey will culminate at Karachi Cantonment on August 25 after making stopovers at Nawabshah, and Hyderabad.
The train has showcased ethnic festivities by night staying at major stations. ‘Azadi Train’ will encompass of five galleries and six floats.
The five galleries comprise themes like Independence Movement, sacrifices rendered by Armed Forces of Pakistan for safety and security of nation, Human Rights Violations in Indian Held Kashmir, development projects of Pakistan and CPEC and history and future plans of Pakistan Railways.
The six Floats will comprise of one float each related to Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh, Balochistan, Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Kashmir depicting the regional diversity and different cultural shades of each region.
Sacrifices of Pakistan Armed Forces and Indian aggression in occupied Kashmir have also been displayed at the picture galleries.
“The main objectives for running Azadi Train are to highlight the aspects of Freedom Movement, sacrifices of Armed Forces for the defense of the country and culture and heritage of all the regions,” the Managing Director Carriage Factory Islamabad Muhammad Yusuf said
The artists and singers will perform at all major railway stations, including Peshawar, Rawalpindi, Lahore, Multan, Sukkur, Quetta and Karachi, as per schedule of Azadi train.
Pakistan Railways police will provide special security to the train with the help of local police.