PAKISTAN POLITICS: 2017 Independence Day Takes Center Stage

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By Politicoscope August 15, 2017 04:09

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Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain says, “Let us join hands for development and prosperity of the motherland by keeping aside our differences. Let us promote love and harmony by overcoming hatred and misgivings and secure the future of our nation by turning despondency into hope in order to celebrate freedom in its true sense. Solutions to all the problems of this time persist in our ideologies, thoughts of leaders of our freedom movement and our bright history. By following them we can improve our situation today and our future as well.”

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PAKISTAN POLITICS: 2017 Independence Day Takes Center Stage

Pakistan has celebrated the 70th anniversary of independence from British rule with festivities and fireworks all across the country, at a time of political upheaval following the ouster of Nawaz Sharif as prime minister over corruption allegations.

The celebrations kicked off early on Monday with a 31-gun salute in Pakistan’s capital, Islamabad, and a 21-gun salute in each of the four provincial capitals.

The main ceremony of the day was held at Islamabad’s Convention Center, where President Mamnoon Hussain hoisted the Pakistani flag in the presence of newly-elected Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, top army generals and foreign dignitaries.

In an address during the ceremony, the Pakistani president called on the public to uphold the values of determination and work for Pakistan’s development and welfare.

“Let us join hands for development and prosperity of the motherland by keeping aside our differences. Let us promote love and harmony by overcoming hatred and misgivings and secure the future of our nation by turning despondency into hope in order to celebrate freedom in its true sense,” Hussain said.

“Solutions to all the problems of this time persist in our ideologies, thoughts of leaders of our freedom movement and our bright history,” he noted. “By following them we can improve our situation today and our future as well.”

Islamabad was also the scene of aerobatic maneuvers, with the sky streaked with multicolored smoke as the air force put on Pakistan’s largest air show to date.

All major public and private buildings, roads and avenues in Lahore, Peshawar, Quetta and Karachi were decorated with illuminations, national flags, and banners.

A guard-changing ceremony was also held in Karachi at the mausoleum of Pakistan’s Founder, Mohammad Ali Jinnah.

Pakistan’s Independence Day commemorates the day when Pakistan was declared a sovereign nation after the Partition of British India on August 15, 1947.

The celebrations were held as Pakistan’s Supreme Court ousted Sharif on July 28 after an investigation into corruption allegations against him and his family, bringing his historic third term in power to an unceremonious end. He served three separate stints as premier but never completed a full term in office.

The court ruling against Sharif was apparently based on leaked documents — the so-called Panama Papers — that unveiled the Sharif family’s offshore finances.

– Press TV

UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson statement on Pakistan Independence Day 2017


Boris Johnson’s statement celebrates the 70th anniversary of Pakistan’s independence and the close friendship between the UK and Pakistan:

On behalf of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, I wish the people of Pakistan the very best on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of independence. Muhammad Jinnah’s founding vision of a progressive, inclusive Pakistan is still something worth cherishing and celebrating, and Pakistan should be rightly proud of its culture and history over the last 70 years.

The United Kingdom and Pakistan enjoy a close friendship thanks to the links between our people – particularly the 1.2 million British people who are of Pakistani origin. Whether on the cricket field, at Pakistani celebrations in the UK or though our strong education cooperation and support, the links between our two countries keep getting stronger. In 2017, the UK is celebrating these connections with a year-long programme of cultural events, exhibitions and visits.

As we celebrate our shared history together, and look forward to a future with more links, more trade and more co-operation between the UK and Pakistan, I wish the people of Pakistan Jashan e Azaadi Mubarak!”


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