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With gun salutes, Pakistan marks 71 years of independence

A girl gets her face painted with colors of the national flag to celebrate the 71st Independence Day in Karachi, Pakistan, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018. Pak...
People celebrate to mark the country's Independence Day in Lahore, Pakistan, Tuesday, Aug 14, 2018. Millions of Pakistanis celebrate the 71st Independ...
Soldiers of Pakistan Navy play the national anthem at the mausoleum of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, founder of Pakistan, to celebrate the 71st Independence Da...
A Pakistani vendor sells national flags, badges and related merchandise to celebrate the 71st Independence Day, in Karachi, Pakistan, Monday, Aug. 13,...
Students visit the mausoleum of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, founder of Pakistan, to celebrate the 71st Independence Day in Karachi, Pakistan, Tuesday, Aug. 1...
People buy national flags, badges and related merchandise to celebrate the 71st Independence Day, in Karachi, Pakistan, Monday, Aug. 13, 2018. Pakista...
People celebrate to mark the country's Independence Day in Lahore, Pakistan, Tuesday, Aug 14, 2018. Millions of Pakistanis celebrate the 71st Independ...
Fireworks light the sky near the mausoleum of Mohammad Ali Jinnah, founder of Pakistan to celebrate the Independence Day in Karachi, Pakistan, Tuesday...
Students visit the mausoleum of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, founder of Pakistan, to celebrate the 71st Independence Day in Karachi, Pakistan, Tuesday, Aug. 1...

A girl gets her face painted with colors of the national flag to celebrate the 71st Independence Day in Karachi, Pakistan, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018. Pak...

People celebrate to mark the country's Independence Day in Lahore, Pakistan, Tuesday, Aug 14, 2018. Millions of Pakistanis celebrate the 71st Independ...

Soldiers of Pakistan Navy play the national anthem at the mausoleum of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, founder of Pakistan, to celebrate the 71st Independence Da...

A Pakistani vendor sells national flags, badges and related merchandise to celebrate the 71st Independence Day, in Karachi, Pakistan, Monday, Aug. 13,...

Students visit the mausoleum of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, founder of Pakistan, to celebrate the 71st Independence Day in Karachi, Pakistan, Tuesday, Aug. 1...

People buy national flags, badges and related merchandise to celebrate the 71st Independence Day, in Karachi, Pakistan, Monday, Aug. 13, 2018. Pakista...

People celebrate to mark the country's Independence Day in Lahore, Pakistan, Tuesday, Aug 14, 2018. Millions of Pakistanis celebrate the 71st Independ...

Fireworks light the sky near the mausoleum of Mohammad Ali Jinnah, founder of Pakistan to celebrate the Independence Day in Karachi, Pakistan, Tuesday...

Students visit the mausoleum of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, founder of Pakistan, to celebrate the 71st Independence Day in Karachi, Pakistan, Tuesday, Aug. 1...

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan has kicked off a day of celebrations marking the country's 71 years of statehood and independence.

This year, the anniversary comes amid political change with a new government taking over following the July 25 general elections. Pakistan's former cricket-star-turned-politician Imran Khan is to become the next prime minister.

President Mamnoon Hussain hoisted the national flag at a ceremony in Islamabad on Tuesday while Pakistanis across the country raised the banner at their homes and on their cars.

Fireworks erupted over the capital, Islamabad, at midnight on Monday, ushering in the festivities. During the day, gun salutes were held in Islamabad and the four provincial capitals.

Festive rallies and school functions were also taking place.

Pakistan gained independence when British left India and split the subcontinent in 1947.


Updated : 2021-04-13 04:01 GMT+08:00