Pakistan celebrates 68th Independence Day

Published: August 14, 2014
A 21 gun salute was given in provincial capitals, while a 31 gun salute was given in Islamabad to commemorate the ceremony. PHOTO: PPI/FILE

A 21 gun salute was given in provincial capitals, while a 31 gun salute was given in Islamabad to commemorate the ceremony. PHOTO: PPI/FILE

ISLAMABAD: Celebrations of Pakistan’s 68th Independence Day kicked off on Thursday at the President House where Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, President Mamnoon Hussain, Army Chief Raheel Sharif, Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq along with other prominent leaders attended a August 14-related ceremony. 

“The nation is grateful to our officers and we salute them for their bravery,” the president said during his speech.

A 21-gun salute was fired in provincial capitals, while a 31-gun salute was given in Islamabad to commemorate the.

In Lahore, Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif hoisted the national flag at the mausoleum of Allama Iqbal, while Chief Minister Sindh Qaim Ali Shah and Governer Sindh Dr Ishratul Ibad did the same in Karachi at Mazar-e-Quaid.

A 2400-square-foot flag has also been prepared that will be hoisted in Islamabad later during the day.

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  • TauseefAhmed
    Aug 14, 2014 - 11:19AM

    Correction Please…67th


  • Amer
    Aug 14, 2014 - 11:26AM

    Pakistan Zindabad ! Long Live Pakistan Army, Navy and Airforce !
    Jasha-e-Azadi Mubarak.


  • Blithe
    Aug 14, 2014 - 11:29AM

    No to miscreants of PTI and PAT , those who are making extra constitutional demands , on this sacred day.


  • PoorForce
    Aug 14, 2014 - 11:49AM

    Today on this important day… we should form a force of Poor Pakistani People… And should start snatching from rich… Because in Pakistan who has power he can do any thing.. And we r more then 60%..


  • Ranjha
    Aug 14, 2014 - 11:51AM

    In Mayfair, Hassan Nawaz gave a 21 gun salute to the waiting staff at Nobu for cooking excellent sushi (halal, of course) for him!


  • Ranjha
    Aug 14, 2014 - 11:52AM


    You are so blithely ignorant of any reality!


  • Tanzil
    Aug 14, 2014 - 12:02PM

    Just wanted to rectify that it is 67th independence day not 68th.


  • imran
    Aug 14, 2014 - 12:05PM

    Jasha-e-Azadi Mubarak———-Pakistan Zindabad !


  • Gp65
    Aug 14, 2014 - 12:09PM

    67 years old, 68th birthday – the first birthday being the day one is born.


  • ashok
    Aug 14, 2014 - 12:25PM

    congrates pakistan, what you give world, same to receive do’t forget this principle


  • Mbd
    Aug 14, 2014 - 12:39PM

    When you all gonna die


  • Rex Minor
    Aug 14, 2014 - 12:39PM

    What is it that the illegaly elected Government members and the army brass want to celebrate? The million plus displaced citizens or those who were cut down by military operation in Waziristan and in Lahore suburb?

    Rex Minor


  • Moiz Omar
    Aug 14, 2014 - 1:28PM

    Happy Independence Day people! Pakistan Zindabad!


  • rahul
    Aug 14, 2014 - 1:42PM

    Yes, and we are waiting for entertainment to start …


  • baby doll main sone di
    Aug 14, 2014 - 2:29PM

    if you want to know what a real honorable country and pm is – tune into indian news channel tomorrow morning and listen to modi.


  • too smart ?
    Aug 14, 2014 - 2:41PM

    @rahul.. clearly you are jobless just like million others in your country..

    P.S. Pakistan Zindabad :)


  • salman
    Aug 14, 2014 - 2:58PM

    Meanwhile, Hamza Shahbaz, Salman Shahbaz and Mrs Nawaz Sharif are en route (or have already arrived) to celebrate Independence day in London, ironically the country from which we got independence!


  • zog
    Aug 14, 2014 - 3:05PM


    I am so proud to be Pakistani


  • too smart ?
    Aug 14, 2014 - 3:05PM

    @ baby doll main sone di .. no thank you.. unlike you, we are not fond of interfering in the politics of our neighboring country.. we would rather learn from any other country of the world, but not yours


  • Had enough
    Aug 14, 2014 - 3:07PM

    Pakistan Zindabad

    Happy independence day – especially to our brave soldiers who are at the front fighting Indian/Afghan backed terrorists.


  • Asif
    Aug 14, 2014 - 3:41PM

    @Baby Doll: No offence but you, India and Modi don’t need to shove your nose into everything. Happy independence day to you in advance.


  • Leila noorani
    Aug 14, 2014 - 3:45PM

    Just going through the constitution of Pakistan. Can’t find the bit where it is says anyone cannot “demand” the registration of the prime minister? Can anyone point me to this section?


  • Cosmo
    Aug 14, 2014 - 3:55PM

    Congratulations to Pakistan. Live and let live!


  • Pakistani
    Aug 14, 2014 - 4:05PM

    We are so grateful to MA Jinnah and all the Pakistan movement leaders

    We love Pakistan and are PROUD of our country and ARMYRecommend

  • travis
    Aug 14, 2014 - 4:19PM

    Protests & marches are part of democracy. What’s the problem !!


  • Khan Babai
    Aug 14, 2014 - 5:10PM

    Why is the mainstream media saying its 68th birthday?? It is the 67th birthday. Its simple mathematics. Pakistan is now in its 68th year but the number of years since its birth is 67.


  • Malatesh
    Aug 14, 2014 - 5:40PM

    Happy Independent Day for all my Pakistani siblings.


  • iBorn
    Aug 14, 2014 - 6:49PM

    Born together; Die together, remember?


  • kulwant singh
    Aug 14, 2014 - 6:52PM

    Happy Independence day to all Pakistanis. May peace prevail in the country and in the region.Recommend

  • Strategic Asset
    Aug 14, 2014 - 7:04PM

    @too smart ?: unlike you, we are not fond of interfering in the politics of our neighboring country..

    Afghanistan ring a bell to you? I am not even bringing up Khalistan or Kashmir.

    Trust Pakistanis to trivialize their own solemn occasion with their false narrative.


  • Khan
    Aug 14, 2014 - 8:34PM

    @Strategic Asset:
    Yes we do, and leaned that from you guys after 1971 and still are hosting millions of Afghan refugees. Khalistan and Kashmir also came after 1971.
    Ironically you people think we are unable to do introspection .. But most of our Indian friends are unable to see anything through the so called shine of ‘Shinning India’.
    Happy Independance Day in advance.


  • bharatiya
    Aug 14, 2014 - 10:18PM

    happy independence day to all the people of Pakistan


  • Aug 14, 2014 - 10:28PM

    On the Occasion of Pakistan’s 68th Independence Day, we wanted to take a moment and congratulate the Pakistani nation and its people a Happy Independence Day. As we know, Pakistan is a relatively young country, and it is remarkable to witness all that Pakistan has achieved in such a short time. It is a moment to feel a lot of pride on the accomplishments of the hardworking people and to reflect on the path to improvement. We hope that you all have a memorable Independence Day today.

    Ali Khan
    Digital Engagement Team, USCENTCOM


  • Abhishek Ghosh
    Aug 14, 2014 - 11:19PM

    Happy Independence Day to my neighbors :) I hope in coming days the hatred between the two countries demises and we live like two brother countries forever.

    Take care :)


  • Someone
    Aug 14, 2014 - 11:20PM

    @Khan: Not even 1971. India’s interference in Pakistan and state-sponsored terrorism goes back to 1947, starting with the illegal occupation of Kashmir. Only a fanatical Hindu chauvinist/nationalist (80% of Indians) would disagree.Recommend

  • ashok
    Aug 14, 2014 - 11:36PM

    Happy Independence day Pakistan.May you progress by leaps and bounds.


  • Strategic Asset
    Aug 15, 2014 - 12:12AM

    @US CENTCOM: Can I get some of that fine Afghan Khush?


  • Ranjha
    Aug 15, 2014 - 2:24AM


    Abdul Ghuddus, get a real job! McDonald’s pays $7.35.


  • Indian Observer
    Aug 15, 2014 - 2:48AM


    We in India are also grateful to Jinnah Saab for removing the unwanted, cancerous part from the main body. In the early years after the partition, many Indians talked about – and wanted – one big secular Indian Republic. But, over the years, we began to count our blessings and now firmly believe that partition was, in fact, the nicest thing that happened to us. All the same, good luck to you, neighbours!


  • Shayan Arshed
    Aug 15, 2014 - 4:09AM

    ITS 67th! for God’s sake TRIBUNE GET YOUR MATH RIGHT!


  • someone_else
    Aug 15, 2014 - 6:17AM

    When was Kashmir part of Pakistan by the way??? Even the Pakistan Occupied Kashmir is known as Azad Kashmir with its own puppet PM.How come annexing Kashmir into India is interference in Pakistan??? May be logical and Pakistani is an oxymoron.


  • Aug 15, 2014 - 9:13AM

    Belated Independence Day Wishes:
    Happy 68th Independence Day to Pakistan.


  • Aug 15, 2014 - 9:16AM

    Belated Independence Day Wishes:
    Happy Independence Day to Pakistan


  • Engr.Zunaira
    Aug 15, 2014 - 9:13PM

    I have read on more than one places that “68th anniversary of Pakistan”. Why people made such a reckless mistake. It could be easily counted that it is 67th anniversary of Pakistan.


  • hella
    Aug 15, 2014 - 10:51PM

    Not sure how it can be 68th independence day. Present day Pakistan came into existence only in 1971. So count.


  • Ihsan
    Aug 16, 2014 - 1:47AM

    Let me solve this mystry of 67th & 68th anniversary…..
    Pakistan came into existence in 1947. So people in 1947 celebrated the independence day on 14 August 1947. So as a matter of the celebration, that was the first independence day which was celebrated.
    On the other hand in 14 August 1948 Pakistan was 1 year old so people celebrated the 1st anniversary but they celebrated the independence day second time.

    So it should be clear that independence day and anniversary are two things..


  • Bakhtiyar Ghazi Khan
    Aug 16, 2014 - 8:09AM

    Proud of Pakistan, army, and all Pakistanis. Love from Peshawar,KPK.


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