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Pakistan celebrates 71st Independence Day

Islamabad, Aug 14, IRNA � The nation of Pakistan is celebrating its 71st Independence Day with traditional fervor despite witnessing major political developments few weeks back.

The nation recently had to elect a new prime minister after the Supreme Court disqualified the former prime minister Nawaz Sharif in 'Panama Papers' case.

Despite all these major developments, security and political atmosphere kept calm in the country which also shows that Pakistan after 71 years of its independence is democratically getting mature and knows how to go through difficult situations.

Pakistan army has also started a series of big operation since 2013 and good steps are being taken to improve the security situation of the country.

Since Independence in 1947 and getting free from the British arrogance, Pakistan and India have been suffering continuous tensions and many Pakistanis believe that these political and border problems between Pakistan and India are, in fact, the foot prints of the British in the subcontinent.

Pakistan got independence and was declared a sovereign nation following the end of the British rule on 14th August 1947. Pakistan came into existence as a result of a movement under the leadership of Muhammad Ali Jinnah.

The nation is now celebrating the 71st Independence Day with a renewed pledge to safeguard the motherland against any threat.

The day started with thirty-one gun salute in the federal and twenty-one gun salute at the provincial capitals.

Special prayers were offered for the prosperity, integrity and solidarity of the country and unity of the Muslim Ummah.

The main flag hoisting ceremony was held in Islamabad, where President Mamnoon Hussain hoisted the national flag. Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang also attended the ceremony.

Flag hoisting ceremonies are also taking place at provincial capitals, district headquarters and important national institutions.

Earlier Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa hoisted the largest national flag in the history of Pakistan at Wagah Pak-India Border on the eve of Pakistan's 71s anniversary.

The flag, made entirely in Pakistan, was hoisted on a 400-feet pole at midnight. The size of the flag is 120 feet by 80 feet.

Meanwhile, all the major public and private buildings, roads and avenues have been decorated with illuminations, national flags, portraits of the national leaders and banners.

Azadi Train formally also started its journey from Islamabad. The train displaying different aspects of Pakistan movement as well as culture and traditions of the country will travel all the provinces.

Radio Pakistan and Pakistan Television is broadcasting special transmission on the Independence Day.

Change of guard ceremonies were held at the mausoleum of Muhammad Ali Jinnah in Karachi and mausoleum of Allama Iqbal in Lahore.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency


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