How Pakistan celebrated its Independence Day

How Pakistan celebrated its Independence Day

Flag hoisting ceremonies were held at Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore and Coastal Area at designated Units of Pakistan Navy. Commandant Pakistan Naval Academy Commodore Waqar Muhammad was the chief guest at the ceremony at the Quaid-i-Azam mausoleum.

Pakistan's Independence Day is celebrated with special prayers in mosques - centred around peace and security of the country. It was the caretaker prime minister, Nasir ul-Mulk, who hoisted the national flag in Islamabad on August 14, alongside Pakistani president Mamnoon Hussain (Sharif was handed a 10-year jail term on July 6 by an anti-corruption court.).

The day dawned with 31 gun salutes in the federal capital and 21 gun salutes in the provincial headquarters.

People across the country flocked to stalls that lined up streets to purchase national flags in different sizes, t-shirts, badges and other merchandise to display their national pride.

Unfurling the national flag at the High Commission of Pakistan, the envoy said the recent phone call by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Mr. Imran Khan was a "positive development".

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"I wish all my Indian friends - in Bhutan, in India and beyond - a very happy Independence Day", the Prime Minister of Bhutan, Tshering Tobgay, tweeted.

On the occasion of India's 72nd Independence Day celebrations, a host of foreign leaders from across the globe, including the United States and Israel extended their wishes to India on Twitter. The Doodle, Google writes, was inspired by "Indian truck art, a long-standing tradition in this four million square kilometre nation where truckers who live on the road surround themselves with cheerful folk art to occupy their minds during long months away from their families".

The ceremonies for transfer of power took place on August 14, 1947, for Pakistan and August 15, 1947, for India.

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