Published: Thu, August 16, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

How Pakistan celebrated its Independence Day

How Pakistan celebrated its Independence Day

The reason for Pakistan celebrating their independence day on August 14, and India theirs on August 15 is due to the wish of the last British Viceroy - Lord Mountbatten of Burma - to attend both initial independence ceremonies in 1947.

As Pakistan commemorated its 72nd independence day, Khan earlier said he was "optimistic" about the country's future despite the economic crises it faced. Commandant Pakistan Naval Academy Commodore Waqar Muhammad was the chief guest at the ceremony at the Quaid-i-Azam mausoleum.

During the day, gun salutes were held in Islamabad and the four provincial capitals.

The party is taking place during a time of change in Pakistan.

President Mamnoon Hussain on Tuesday emphasized the need for strengthening state institutions to take collective decisions concerning the country. Clad in national dresses and school uniforms, the students hoisted a small flag during the ceremony.

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He's referring to the election of Imran Khan, a cricket player turned politician who has promised to reform a system plagued by corruption. He called upon the worldwide community to raise its voice to get the Kashmiri people their due rights.

"On the eve of Independence Day, we have a brand new government, brand new leader and people are really excited about it", said Israr Kasana, a Pakistani-Canadian journalist.

The President of Maldives Mohamed Nasheed also wished the citizens of India and the Prime Minister a happy Independence Day.

In his message, the prime minister said the occasion "reminds us of the epic democratic struggle of our forefathers for securing a separate homeland for the Muslims of the sub-continent where they could fashion their lives according to their religious, cultural and social values", according to Radio Pakistan.

On this prestigious day, Google celebrated India's Independence Day with a special doodle.

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