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ISLAMABAD (APP/Online) – Azadi Train is a symbol of national unity which depicts the past, present and future of the country, said Minister for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Senator Pervaiz Rashid on Thursday.

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.

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.

Information Minister Pervaiz Rasheed inaugurates the Azad Train. APP
Information Minister Pervaiz Rasheed inaugurates the Azad Train. APP
Police woman stands in front of a picture of Burhan Wani during inauguration ceremony of Azadi Train. Online
Police woman stands in front of a picture of Burhan Wani during inauguration ceremony of Azadi Train. Online
People look at floats of Azadi Train displaying different cultures. Online
People look at floats of Azadi Train displaying different cultures. Online
APP24-11 ISLAMABAD: August 11 – Federal Minister for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Senator Pervaiz Rasheed and Federal Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique viewing the Azadi Train after the inauguration as the train departed from the Margallah Railway Station will be moving around the Pakistan as the nation starts preparations to celebrate Independence Day in befitting manners. APP photo by Irshad Sheikh
Senator Pervaiz Rasheed and Khawaja Saad Rafique viewing the Azadi Train after the inauguration ceremony.APP
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
Px11-040 RAWALPINDI: Aug11 – A view of floats of Azadi Train which arrived at Rawalpindi Railway Station after its inauguration ahead of Independence Day. ONLINE PHOTO by Raees Khan
 A view of floats of Azadi Train which arrived at Rawalpindi Railway Station after its inauguration ahead of Independence Day. Online

APP26-11 ISLAMABAD: August 11 – People viewing the Azadi Train after the inauguration as the train departed from the Margallah Railway Station will be moving around the Pakistan as the nation starts preparations to celebrate Independence Day in befitting manners. APP photo by Irshad Sheikh
People viewing the Azadi Train after the inauguration as the train departed from the Margallah Railway Station will be moving around the Pakistan as the nation starts preparations to celebrate Independence Day in befitting manners. 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. —APP

Pakistani policemen and residents walk past carriages of the 'Azadi Train' (Independence Train)before its journey from Margalla Railway Station in Islamabad on August 11, 2016, ahead of Independence Day celebrations. The train consists of coaches representing the culture and traditions of all four provinces of Pakistan and Pakistan-administered Kashmir and is scheduled to cover some 4,000 kms in a journey of a month which will culminate in the port city of Karachi. Pakistan celebrates the 69th anniversary of the country's independence from British rule on August 14. / AFP PHOTO / AAMIR QURESHI Residents walk past carriages of the Azadi Train before its journey from Margalla Railway Station. —APP