Independent Pakistan celebrates its birthday today, marking the 68th year of its existence as a separate state for Muslims in the subcontinent.

Pakistan Ind Day flag

Security procedures are in place across the nation to ensure the safe observance of the day. A 21-gun salute will take place in each of the provincial capitals of Lahore, Peshawar, Karachi and Quetta.

Pakistan was carved out of India in 1947 after the United Kingdom’s hasty retreat from their subcontinental colony. A bloodbath ensued when large numbers of Muslims and Hindus migrated to their future homelands, either side of the partition. Pakistan was envisioned as a homeland for Muslims in the subcontinent, however since its creation questions remain over the exact role of Islam in the country’s political system.

India celebrates its Independence Day tomorrow.

 

Comments (2)

  • Andrew Reply

    I’m sure you’ve seen ‘Earth’ – a stunning film. Happy Independence Day regardless!

    August 15, 2015 at 5:41 pm
    • Tim Blight Reply

      Yes – stunning and heartbreaking film – I’ve recommended it to many people over the years. Independent Pakistan and India both experienced very painful births. Happy Independence Day to you too 🙂

      August 18, 2015 at 9:36 pm

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