Independence day: Hope, joy and mausoleum climbing

Published: August 14, 2013

Pakistani youths climb the facade of Muhammad Ali Jinnah's mausoleum on August 14. PHOTO: AFP

Pakistani youths climb the facade of Muhammad Ali Jinnah's mausoleum on August 14. PHOTO: AFP Pakistani students wave national flags at the mausoleum of the founder of Pakistan, Muhammad Ali Jinnah during a ceremony to mark the country s Independence Day in Karachi on August 14, 2013. PHOTO: AFP Students wait for their turn to perform national songs at a ceremony to celebrate the country's 67th Independence Day at the mausoleum of Muhammad Ali Jinnah in Karachi August 14, 2013. PHOTO: REUTERS Ceremonies and celebrations mark August 14. PHOTO: MOHAMMAD NOMAN/ EXPRESS Pakistanis seen gathered at the Wagah border post, observe a ceremony marking their country's Independence Day at Wagah on August 14. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

Pakistan marked its 67th Independence day with ceremonies, celebrations and some protests across the country.

A 31 gun salute marked the start of the day in the federal capital, while a 21 gun salute was seen in all provincial capitals.

The day also saw the exchange of sweets on the Wagah border, numerous flag raising ceremonies and thousands of messages of hope and prosperity shared by ordinary citizens.

Rain throughout the country hampered celebrations, particularly in Lahore where over 70 feeders tripped at the same time. In Karachi however, the rain drenched walls of the Quaid-e-Azam’s mausoleum did not deter one young man from scaling the monument — a feat reportedly never achieved without support before.

The Jamaatud Dawa chose today to mark a protest against India, burning the Indian flag in Karachi.

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5:43pm

A young man climbed the Quaid-e-Azam mausoleum in Karachi without any support.

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4:42pm

Twitter has Independence day fever too.

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4:32pm

Facebook is awash with green and white today. Some popular shares below.

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3:45pm

Media were stopped from attending a flag hoisting ceremony to celebrate Independence Day in Police Line Peshawar.

KPK district police, who were part of those who stopped media, said they had not received confirmation to let the media through.

This was the first ceremony of its kind under the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf.

Additionally, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak was not available to hoist the flag. He gave Shaukat Ali Yousafzai permission to hoist the flag instead.

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3:35pm

Celebrations, along with protests continue across Pakistan. Latest set of photos below.

Pakistanis waves their national flags during a flag hoisting ceremony to celebrate Pakistan’s Independence Day on the Pakistan-India border at Wagah on August 14, 2013. PHOTO: AFP

Pakistan Rangers Director General, Major General, Mian Mohammad Hilal Hussain (L) offers sweets to Indian Border Security Force (BSF) Deputy Inspector General (DIG), M F Farooqui (R) during a ceremony to celebrate Pakistan s Independence Day at the India-Pakistan Wagah border post on August 14, 2013. PHOTO: AFP

Pakistani youth cheers during a flag hoisting ceremony to celebrate Pakistan’s Independence Day on the Pakistan-India border at Wagah on August 14, 2013.  PHOTO: AFP

 A cadet from the Pakistan Navy takes a photograph of students performing national songs during a ceremony to celebrate the country’s 67th Independence Day at the mausoleum of Muhammad Ali Jinnah in Karachi August 14, 2013. PHOTO: REUTERS

Pakistani Naval band members perform at the mausoleum of the founder of Pakistan Muhammad, Ali Jinnah during a ceremony to mark the country s Independence Day in Karachi on August 14, 2013. PHOTO: AFP

Supporters of Pakistan’s hardline Jamaatud Dawa (JuD) shout anti-India slogans during a protest in Karachi on August 14, 2014. PHOTO: AFP

Supporters of Pakistan’s hardline Jamaatud Dawa (JuD) stand on a India flag during a protest in Karachi on August 14, 2014. PHOTO: AFP

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2:55pm

Facebook has seen a surge of Independence day related shares. Here are a few select shares from across a broad spectrum of pages:

 

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2:32pm

Supporters of Pakistan’s hardline Jamaatud Dawa (JuD) torch Indian flags during a protest in Karachi on August 14, 2014. The protest comes at a time when skirmishes between Pakistan and India have flared across the heavily-militarised Line of Control (LoC).

Supporters of Pakistan’s outlawed Islamic hardline Jamaatud Dawa (JuD) torch Indian flags. PHOTO: AFP

Supporters of Pakistan’s hardline Jamaatud Dawa (JuD) shout anti-India slogans during a protest in Karachi on August 14, 2014.  PHOTO: AFP

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1:49pm

Bad news for Lahore on Independence day.

Heavy rainfall has resulted in 78 electricity feeders tripping. Parts of the city are reported to be without electricity and people are stuck inside their homes because of flooding in the streets.

Areas without electricity include Garden Town and Model Town.

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1:45pm

Asleep for most of the morning activities on Independence day? Express News captures key moments in this video feature:

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1:25pm

Some photos from celebrations across Pakistan.

 Attendees wave Pakistan’s national flag while singing national songs at a ceremony to celebrate the country’s 67th Independence Day at the mausoleum of Muhammad Ali Jinnah in Karachi August 14, 2013. PHOTO: REUTERS

 Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif raises the national flag to mark the 67th Independence Day during a ceremony in Islamabad August 14, 2013. PHOTO: REUTERS

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon arrives to attend a ceremony to mark the Pakistan’s Independence Day in Islamabad on August 14, 2013. PHOTO: AFP

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12:15pm

Update on last night’s festivities in Karachi.

At least one person was killed and more than 30 wounded in Karachi on Wednesday as hundreds of people fired guns in the air to celebrate Pakistan’s Independence Day.

An AFP reporter in the city witnessed heavy aerial firing after clocks struck midnight, as thousands of revellers came out onto the streets to celebrate the 66th anniversary of the creation of Pakistan.

At least 33 people were brought to Jinnah Hospital in Karachi after being wounded by stray bullets, a hospital official said.

“Our hospitals received 33 people, injured due to the aerial firing, one of them later died in the hospital,” Doctor Semi Jamali told AFP.

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11:49am

In his August 14 speech, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif emphasised that a country can only progress with economic growth and independence.

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11:35am

In case you missed it, check out Chief of Army Staff Genera­l Ashfaq Pervez Kayani’s August 14 speech.

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11:15am

A change of guard ceremony was held at the Mazar-e-Quaid,  where Pakistan Naval Academy Commander Commodore Zahid Ilyas inspected the guard of honour, laid a floral wreath and offered prayers.

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11:ooam

Prime minister Nawaz Sharif raised the flag at a ceremony in Islamabad today. United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon was present.


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10:5oam

At the Wagah border, sweets were offered from the Indian Army.

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Reader Comments (45)

  • Syed A. Mateen
    Aug 14, 2013 - 11:20AM

    Happy Independence Day to the entire nation.

    May we all unite forever, as we are united today on August 14th.

    Pakistan Zindabad

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  • Aug 14, 2013 - 11:32AM

    If a country is to be corruption free and become a nation of beautiful minds, i strongly feel there are three keys societal members who can make a difference. They are the FATHER the MOTHER and the TEACHER. HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY TO ALL PAKISTANIS….:)

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  • Aug 14, 2013 - 11:51AM

    All of us sincere citizens have our own way of doing well for the country in our own way. A nice way to rekindle the moribund spirit of Pakistan.

    Let the fire in our hearts, for the independence given to us by Allah Almighty through the founding fathers, burn brightly through “Unity, Faith, and Discipline.” Pakistan Zindabad! Salams

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  • Indian
    Aug 14, 2013 - 12:27PM

    Happy Independence Day to everyone across the border : )Recommend

  • Anon
    Aug 14, 2013 - 12:30PM

    Horrible about the person who died and all those wounded by celebratory shots.Recommend

  • Sanjay Sharma
    Aug 14, 2013 - 12:46PM

    Happy Independence Day to Pakistani Nation and her citizenry. This is the time to celebrate and enjoy with each of us and share bond of affection. My good wishes to every one.

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  • Asad
    Aug 14, 2013 - 2:15PM

    Happy Independence Day. God Bless Us All.
    @Sanjay Thanks :)

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  • Naveen
    Aug 14, 2013 - 2:21PM

    Seeing these pics with Pakistanis in their traditional colorful dresses reminds me of what cultural wealth the world stands to lose if the zealots succeed in painting that place black and white.

    Happy Independence Day guys, Wish you greater safety and prosperity.

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  • Pervaiz Iqbal
    Aug 14, 2013 - 2:32PM

    Happy Independence day to all Pakistanis

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  • Another Indian
    Aug 14, 2013 - 2:38PM

    Just saw the video of sweets being exchanged at the Wagah border between the Indian and Pakistani forces.
    Brought tears to my eyes.
    Hope India and Pakistan can live in peace and stability sometime in the future.
    Happy Independence day to every Pakistani,across the border.Recommend

  • Aug 14, 2013 - 3:19PM

    What Independence? The “gora” still rules throught IMF/World Bank. Independence is just an illusion. Unless we get rid of illiteracy and poverty, there will be no Independence.

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  • Arun
    Aug 14, 2013 - 3:36PM

    @Pakistan awaam : Happy Independence Day folks, a well deserved independence which was won by all our forefathers. More power to Pakistan the Democracy!

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  • syed baqar ahsan
    Aug 14, 2013 - 3:56PM

    Those who fiddle with the Quaid given motto form Unity Faith & Discipline into Faith Unity & Discipline have damaged this country very badly in its all sphere-Faith means Eman ie Emandari we lack honesty everywhere.Nation needs UNITY – FIRST rest all fellow.By this who is behind this change of sequence undermine the Quaid-founding father,he was well read his given motto must be restored. Recommend

  • KP
    Aug 14, 2013 - 4:23PM

    UN Secretary general is in Pakistan for Independence Day….

    Where is Pakistani President??????????.

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  • Aspiring Anu Xynab
    Aug 14, 2013 - 4:30PM

    I am proud to be a Pakistani!!

    1- World’s largest irrigation system is in Pakistan.
    2- World’s largest deep sea port is Gawadar in Pakistan.
    3- Pakistan is a proud owner of tallest cake world record.
    4- World’s largest milk processing plant with Nestle.
    5- Pakistani armed forces are internationally ranked sixth largest in the world by 2010.
    6- Pakistani cricket team is among world’s best cricket teams and also have won world cups.
    7- Pakistan is the only Muslim nuclear power.
    8- Sixth nuclear power of the world.
    9- Pakistan has sixth largest population in the world.
    10- Pakistan is ninth super-power nation of the world.
    11- Pakistan is notable for having one of the best trained air force pilots in the world.
    12- Pakistan has world’s youngest civil judge , Muhammad Illyas.
    13- Pakistan has seventh largest collection of scientists and engineers.
    14- About 50% of the world’s footballs are made in Pakistan.
    15- Pakistan’s national anthem tune ranks first in the top three tunes of the world.
    16- Fourth largest broadband internet system of world is in Pakistan.
    17- The youngest certified Microsoft technology specialist is a Pakistani .
    18- Second largest salt mines of the world are Khewra Mines in Pakistan.
    19- Largest producer of chickpeas.

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  • Dp
    Aug 14, 2013 - 4:30PM

    Islam is a religion of peace. It’s a peaceful gesture when bearded men step on the flag of any other nation and dirty it to ‘honor’ 1.2 billion people- very peaceful and heartwarming gesture.Spread more such messages of ‘peace’,please and undermine your govt.s efforts at peacetalks.Recommend

  • Ali
    Aug 14, 2013 - 4:33PM

    happy independence day taliban.

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  • Aug 14, 2013 - 4:41PM

    On this historic day of joy and celebration, U.S. Central Command would like to extend warm wishes and say, “Jashn-e-Azaadi Mubarak” to each and every Pakistani living in and outside Pakistan. We hope that this day brings with it a sense of joy, pride and unity among all Pakistanis. We honor the sacrifices and the struggles of your founding fathers, from motivational poets like Allama Muhammad Iqbal to prominent statesmen like Muhammad Ali Jinnah. We hope to see a strong and stable Pakistan leading its way towards prosperity and peace. Pakistani Zindabaad, Pakistan Paindabaad.

    Ali Khan

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  • Aug 14, 2013 - 4:59PM

    May Allah rest her soul in peace. Ameen

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  • Liberal & Secular
    Aug 14, 2013 - 5:03PM

    Where are my comments please publish it.

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  • Moiz Omar
    Aug 14, 2013 - 5:31PM

    Happy Independence Day PAKISTAN! PAKISTAN Zindabad! I love my country.

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  • Moiz Omar
    Aug 14, 2013 - 5:33PM

    @Aspiring Anu Xynab: I agree. Proud to be Pakistani.

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  • goggi (Lahore)
    Aug 14, 2013 - 5:41PM

    Supporters of Pakistan’s hardline Jamaatud Dawa (JuD) stand on a India flag during a protest in Karachi on August 14, 2014. PHOTO: AFP

    Their feet demonstrate non-verbal the bitter truth of a fanatic Pakistan tied up in the shackles of ignorance.

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  • Iqbal
    Aug 14, 2013 - 5:59PM

    @Aspiring Anu Xynab:
    And despite all the listing you have given ex President Musharraf famously said:
    “Today we are the poorest, the most illiterate, the most backward, the most unhealthy, the most un-enlightened, the most deprived, and the weakest of all the human race”
    You have listed 19 items. I can think of a 20th one as well but it will not be printed.
    Happy independence day to you all.

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  • PRO PAK
    Aug 14, 2013 - 7:00PM

    @Arun:
    @Sanjay Sharma:
    @Indian:
    Thanks neighbour..

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  • Talat Haque
    Aug 14, 2013 - 7:15PM

    What a nice way to view the day – nicely done! says it better than words!

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  • Secular Pakistan
    Aug 14, 2013 - 7:21PM

    Happy Independence day to Secular Pakistan.

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  • polpot
    Aug 14, 2013 - 7:30PM

    “Supporters of Pakistan’s hardline Jamaatud Dawa (JuD) shout anti-India slogans during a protest in Karachi on August 14, 2014. ”
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Another Pakistani inventions; Time Travel.

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  • Javed
    Aug 14, 2013 - 7:43PM

    @Dp:
    And when some militant Hindus burn Pakistani flags then its peaceful too?

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  • gp65
    Aug 14, 2013 - 8:12PM

    Happy indence day to all Pakistanis. I hope peace returns.

    Warm wishes from across the bordersRecommend

  • np
    Aug 14, 2013 - 8:20PM

    Happy independence day to all Pakistanis from across the border

    @Aspiring Anu Xynab:

    The world’s largest irrigation system is in Pakistan? The world’s 4 largest internet broadband system is in Pakistan? The world’s largest milk processing plant is in Pakistan? Where do you come up with this stuff? Can you please provide some verifiable references?

    As far as having a large population or large army that is nothing to brag about.

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  • Marrium
    Aug 14, 2013 - 10:25PM

    We should respect other’s country flag. Don’t feel proud in disrespecting others. Insulting others does not mean you are doing some thing great or it does’nt mean that India is inferior from Pakistan. We should do something to light our country name. Insulting others will not make you respectable and honourable.They can also do this. What would be our feelings when they will do this with our flag. Those who insult others , they themselves don’t get respect. If you want to prove that our country Pakistan is superior than others then we should make some effort like Arfa Kareem.

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  • ASIM
    Aug 14, 2013 - 10:39PM

    @Syed A. Mateen:

    Congratulations everyone (but do remember the country still has to pay debt of 130 billion dollars means every citizen has to pay around 100,000RS even if you have not used a single penny)

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  • Fahad Zia
    Aug 14, 2013 - 11:02PM

    Happy Independence Day.
    Long live Pakistan.

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  • sat
    Aug 14, 2013 - 11:09PM

    Happy independence day, My brother from another mother.

    @Aspiring Anu Xynab – #20 you can take credit for blowing out most hot air.

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  • Ammar
    Aug 14, 2013 - 11:11PM

    @ Dp and other Indian friends:

    Media depicts what sells best. Ours is same, yours is a step ahead in incitement and jingoism. We the majority of Pakis don’t support JuD and other such groups. They are widely hated by masses. You guys must also understand that they are unliked minority in Pakistan as well, not an official stance. Likewise, its good to accept your weaknesses as well, JuD like Shiv Sena, Bal Thakray guyz do exist on your side as well. Its people who can push their media and leaders towards peace or else they would pursue their own agenda. Hope the sensible followers of Jinnah and Gandhi prevail in the end.

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  • Aug 14, 2013 - 11:27PM

    Happy Independce day to all my Pakistani friends..
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    Happy Independence Day to my Indian friends (it’s almost 12am)

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  • Asif Siddiqi
    Aug 15, 2013 - 12:43AM

    @Aspiring Anu Xynab: And i’m proud of the fact that we have millions of idiots like you.

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  • Adil Uddin
    Aug 15, 2013 - 1:38AM

    I haven’t read any comment so far, but was really disturbed after watching the disrespect of Indian flags by right wing groups. Really shameful, I am also a Pakistani but doesn’t believe that one needs to burn Indian flags in order to show patriotism.

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  • Hamza
    Aug 15, 2013 - 2:16AM

    I strongly suggest the picture of the Indian flag with the shoes right on top of it be removed. Being a Pakistani i find that display to be in extremely bad taste. No matter what our sentiments are for our neighbor, this was the act of a few that we do not approve of and should not be flaunted on an e-paper with a following as large as yours.

    And if i remember correctly, this is a joyful day for us, as Pakistanis. And should focus wholely on Pakistan. No need to violate the sanctity of a day as sacred as our independence with such filth please.

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  • Visibly Invisible
    Aug 15, 2013 - 3:04AM

    @Aspiring Anu Xynab:

    You missed one: “Inventor of Water Car”

    BTW who let that idiot climb the mausoleum, another accident waiting to happen.

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  • Dp
    Aug 15, 2013 - 1:22PM

    @ Ammar
    Agree. Hope sense prevails in the end.

    @Travel_Tart
    Thank you. : )Recommend

  • Aug 15, 2013 - 4:57PM

    Hi, Wishing everyone a very happy independence day. I am from Mumbai, India. I only hope peace prevails and people get better – economically and from a humanity perspective. And we should always strive for that. A big ask but not impossible!!

    Things between the two nations are not much different from a political perspective. I have written a blog (and a poem) to express my feelings (as a young citizen of the country) on how a nation should be built.http://www.sachinsadare.in/happy-independence-day-2013/

    Would like to read comments on this.
    Thanks
    Sachin

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  • prem
    Aug 16, 2013 - 9:07PM

    please don’t disrespect indian flag…happy independence day to india and pakisthan

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  • Aug 19, 2013 - 10:17PM

    This is my first time we visit here. I came across so many enjoyable stuff with your blog, specifically its conversation. From the tons of comments on the posts, I assume I am not the only one having each of the enjoyment below! Keep up the superb work.Recommend

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