Pakistan turns green for Independence Day celebrations

Published: August 14, 2012

Pakistan’s Independence Day celebrations began with the roaring echoes of a 31-gun salute in Islamabad. PHOTO: AFP

Pakistan’s Independence Day on Tuesday began with the roaring echoes of a 31-gun salute in the federal capital, while 21-gun salutes were conducted in the provincial capitals, Express News reported.

Governor Sindh Dr Ishratul Ebad and Chief Minister Sindh Qaim Ali Shah arrived at Quaid’s mosoleum along with members of the Cabinet. They laid wreaths and said fateha prayers there. The Pakistani flag was also hoisted on the occasion.

While talking to the media, the chief minister and governor of Sindh said that by standing under the shade of the mausoleum, they are reviving their commitment to the nation.

The ceremony held at the mausoleum of national poet, Allama Iqbal, was attended by Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif, Director-General Rangers Major General Hilal Hussain and other prominent personalities.

Children participating at the event sang national songs, expressing their fervour and zeal.

During his address, Sharif mentioned the efforts made by Muslims in the wake of independence in 1947. DG Rangers raised the Pakistani flag at the ceremony held at Wagah border.

Independence Day celebrations held at Police Line in Peshawar were attended by Chief Minister Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Amir Haider Hoti, who also raised the flag at the event.

While in Quetta people celebrated Independence Day with fervor.

Speaker Balochistan Assembly Muhammad Aslam Bothani said during his address that the situation of the country and the provinces implies that Independence Day should not only be limited to celebrations.

Chief Minister Balochistan Nawab Aslam Raisani took part in the celebrations held at Ayub Stadium.

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Reader Comments (53)

  • Amer
    Aug 14, 2012 - 2:24PM

    Pakistan Zindabad! Happy Independence Day! Long Live Pakistan!
    May Allah protect my beloved country.

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  • Southasian
    Aug 14, 2012 - 2:40PM

    Happy Independence Day to our beloved neighbours .

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  • Rahul
    Aug 14, 2012 - 2:45PM

    Happy Independence Day to all Pakistani Friends..!!

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  • Harris
    Aug 14, 2012 - 2:46PM

    i love my country………

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  • Aug 14, 2012 - 2:54PM

    The question is: Independence from whom? The British or the Indians?

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  • Kaleem
    Aug 14, 2012 - 2:57PM

    Long Live Pakistan

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  • Amitabh Bachchan
    Aug 14, 2012 - 3:19PM

    Happy Independence Day to Pakistan. I know its been a really hard journey but I see Pakistan as the leader of South Asia in Future.

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  • Pakistani
    Aug 14, 2012 - 3:19PM

    Long Live Pakistan

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  • Faisal
    Aug 14, 2012 - 3:29PM

    Pakistan Zindabaad !!!

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  • i-umaid
    Aug 14, 2012 - 3:30PM

    @Rahul: Same to u n advance , Thank u so much Sir,

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  • Jawad
    Aug 14, 2012 - 3:32PM

    Happy independence day to all Pakistanis. May Allah bless our nation.

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  • Kay
    Aug 14, 2012 - 3:46PM

    Are we really independent?

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  • Aug 14, 2012 - 3:58PM

    **Happy 65th birthday to Pakistan! I pray it may live long forever……..**Recommend

  • Mard-e-Haq
    Aug 14, 2012 - 3:59PM

    Happy Birthday Pakistan!

    Mard-e-Haq
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  • Taha
    Aug 14, 2012 - 4:18PM

    YES we are independent….

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  • Cheema
    Aug 14, 2012 - 4:21PM

    @Kay:
    If that was a philosophical question, then which country is? Is the US reallly independent? Or it is under control of Israel and Jews.

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  • Cyma Khan
    Aug 14, 2012 - 4:22PM

    @Kay:
    We are. Maybe you’re not.

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  • Aug 14, 2012 - 4:28PM

    Long live Pakistan and PAK ARMY

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    https://www.facebook.com/Rajaumar07

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  • Aug 14, 2012 - 4:37PM

    a/salam happy idpendence day to all my pakistan a/salam for all army pakistan zindabad

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  • Aug 14, 2012 - 4:41PM

    im prop to be a pakistaney happy idependence day for my all pakistaning friend a/salam to all army

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  • Aug 14, 2012 - 4:41PM

    Pakistan ZindaBaad.. Recommend

  • Aug 14, 2012 - 4:43PM

    link text salam all pakistan happy independence day

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  • Aug 14, 2012 - 4:46PM

    1] salam all pakistan happy independence daussssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss i beliones to peshawar

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  • Mr S
    Aug 14, 2012 - 4:46PM

    Pakistan Zindabad :)

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  • kayani
    Aug 14, 2012 - 4:52PM

    keep dreaming bachchan…

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  • Amer
    Aug 14, 2012 - 5:02PM

    @Rahul:
    Thank you Rahul. Happy Independence day to all my Indian friends as well.

    P.S: I just assumed Rahul is an Indian but my apologies for the assumption if he isn’t.

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  • EJAZ AHMAD
    Aug 14, 2012 - 5:11PM

    pakistan zindaabad. we love pakistan.we should make efforts to strong pakiistan Recommend

  • Nand
    Aug 14, 2012 - 5:18PM

    Happy Independence Day to Pakistan.

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  • Shujat Ali
    Aug 14, 2012 - 5:26PM

    Pakistan Zindabad .. Proud to be a Pakistani :-))

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  • Muhammad Ali
    Aug 14, 2012 - 5:37PM

    14th August
    The Day of Freedom, The Day of Celebrations
    Happy 66th Independence Day of Islamic Republic of Pakistan
    May Almighty Allah protect our Nation
    Long Live Pakistan

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  • Aug 14, 2012 - 5:47PM

    Please accept our best wishes on Independence day. May God bless Pakistan with Prosperity and peace.
    The report says “During his address, Sharif mentioned the efforts made by Muslims in the wake of independence in 1947. DG Rangers raised the Pakistani flag at the ceremony held at Wagah border.” This brings two questions to my mind if some one could please answer. 1. Why has the Chief Minister Sahib only mentioned the efforts made by muslims and not all the people of Pakistan including the minorities? 2. When Chief Minister Sahib was present how come the DG Rangers a Major General Sahib raised the flag? sounds a bit funny to us in India.

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  • sam hardy
    Aug 14, 2012 - 6:15PM

    we need unity
    it`s an apeal please help the muslims

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  • Amer
    Aug 14, 2012 - 6:33PM

    @VINOD: A simple answer from my side would be that todays Pakistan is a complex country but your questions don’t really matter to us common Pakistanis since we don’t care much anyways. All I know is that we are a very proud nation no matter what kind of allegations etc come our way.
    Thank you for your kind words. Pakistan Zindabad!

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  • Pakistani
    Aug 14, 2012 - 6:33PM

    @VINOD: My friend, even if the whole power in Pakistan is with our Military Leadership , we are not ashamed of it, We love our army , atleast we have an institution which is corruption free…and we have a live example of India , what these politicians did for you except having billions of dollars in swiss banks, more than of us is lying below the poverty line in india? isn’t?

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  • antanu g
    Aug 14, 2012 - 7:10PM

    best wishes to my neighbours. looking for the day when BIASED MINDS andHATE MONGERS are no more on both sides of the border to live in peace and harmony.GOOD LUCK.Recommend

  • Muhammad
    Aug 14, 2012 - 7:19PM

    Happy Independence Day everyone. May Allah make our country’s future bright and prosperous. May we work harder towards the progress of our country, treat everyone equally, and contribute bit by bit towards the success of our nation. Ameen

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  • G.A.
    Aug 14, 2012 - 7:37PM

    We all love Pakistan so we have to make it strong.
    May Allah forgive us and help us…Ameen!
    PAKISTAN ZINDABAD!

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  • Pakistani Pakhtoon
    Aug 14, 2012 - 7:47PM

    pakistani pakhtoons will not celebrate the independance day until pakistan army eliminate terrorist and held those accountable who have created and funded them..Recommend

  • Pungi
    Aug 14, 2012 - 8:21PM

    Pakistan Paindabad..!

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  • Aug 14, 2012 - 8:22PM

    On the 65th anniversary of Pakistan’s Independence, US CENTCOM wishes the people of Pakistan a Happy Independence Day. We salute the struggles of the Pakistani people under the leadership of their great leader, Mohammad Ali Jinnah, to gain their Independence and wish them prosperity and stability in the future.

    Capt. Joseph Kreidel
    DET-United States Central Command
    http://www.centcom.mil/ur

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  • unbeliever
    Aug 14, 2012 - 9:44PM

    happy independence to pakistani friends.

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  • unbeliever
    Aug 14, 2012 - 9:53PM

    @Pakistani:

    the institution you are so much boasting about can with it’s draconian powers supress all the news that could implicate it in any sort of corruption scandal.

    also, they can get what they want without resorting to corruption, as they have framed the policies in such a manner. and politicians have to resort to dishonest ways to match up to them.

    however, this is time to celiberate independence, and not day to day bickering.

    happy independence day once again.

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  • Omar Omar
    Aug 14, 2012 - 10:07PM

    Wish we had the courage to celebrate our independence on the right day. Unfortunately, we just want to be different from India and willing to ignore historical facts even for such important occasions. Effectively due to this willful error, we annually celebrate and commemorate the last day of British rule over us.

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  • Indian wisdom
    Aug 14, 2012 - 10:17PM

    Happy Independence to all my Pakistani Brothers and sisters. May God give peace , happiness and prosperity to Pakistan and they can have a Pakistan free from violence and terror attacks!!. All the best wishes from people of India!!!!! God bless Pakistan!!

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  • Swami Pranab Roy Udasin
    Aug 14, 2012 - 10:29PM

    Happy Independence Day to all Pakistani Friends.

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  • DANIYAL PERVAIZ CHAUDHRY
    Aug 14, 2012 - 10:30PM

    I love my country forever love you Pakistan, Pakistan Zindabad.,,,,Recommend

  • rajeev (Indian)
    Aug 14, 2012 - 10:55PM

    Happy Independence day to all my friends in Pakistan.

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  • Aug 14, 2012 - 11:32PM

    happy indepence day to all pakistani brothers from india

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  • Kay
    Aug 15, 2012 - 1:38AM

    @cyma and cheema
    Today every Pakistani desires to live and work and get education and get medical treatment and get refuge ( including politicians ) in farangi ( western) country! Is this what you call Independence?

    Americans do not desire all this!

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  • Aug 15, 2012 - 10:06AM

    @Pakistani: Dear Friend, It is your presumption that army is not corrupt. Unbeliever has rightly answered you by saying “the institution you are so much boasting about can with it’s draconian powers supress all the news that could implicate it in any sort of corruption scandal.
    also, they can get what they want without resorting to corruption, as they have framed the policies in such a manner. and politicians have to resort to dishonest ways to match up to them.”

    However I agree that politicians in India have amassed huge money; but being a democratic and free country at least we all know the truth. Yes we are a growing democracy and with better education and GDP growth one day people will stop electing such politicians then we will reach the heights we are aiming for. Any day it is better than being under the boots of an Army dictatorship.

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  • Bharat
    Aug 15, 2012 - 12:55PM

    Happy Independence Day to our Pakistani friends.

    May you get great prosperity and success this year.

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  • Vigilant
    Aug 15, 2012 - 10:49PM

    PAKISTAN ZINDABAD!
    InshAllah will make Pakistan a better place for all those who bleed green

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  • fcfch
    Aug 17, 2012 - 1:24PM

    be ashamed our hindu brothers are suffering in pakistan.

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