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Pakistanis swell with national pride

China Daily Global | Updated: 2022-08-16 09:46
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Young Pakistanis show their pride in the nation at Independence Day celebrations in Karachi, the country's largest city, on Sunday. AKHTAR SOOMRO/REUTERS

ISLAMABAD-While driving along the colorfully lit streets of Islamabad on the eve of Pakistan's Independence Day, Farwa Batool was brimming with joy and love for her country as she sang along with the patriotic songs heard around her.

"My family and I are so excited to celebrate the day ... We all donned our special green and white dresses matching our national flag to show our love for our homeland," said Batool.

"On every Independence Day, patriotism is in the air as people come out in droves to mark the day as an independent nation, enjoying festivities of the day including magnificent fireworks, parades, music concerts and cultural events," she said, adding that the event is extremely important as it reminds everyone of the importance of freedom.

Pakistan celebrated the 75th anniversary of the country's independence on Sunday with traditional zeal to commemorate the day when the country was declared an independent state after a long struggle against the colonial rule of the United Kingdom.

The day dawned with a 31-gun salute in Islamabad and a 21-gun salute in provincial headquarters. Prayers were offered for the security and progress of Pakistan, and the well-being of the people.

Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif paid tribute to the founders of the country and stressed the need for the fulfillment of their aspirations for socioeconomic justice, equality and the rule of law.

Calling for unity among the people, the prime minister said that nothing is more dangerous for a nation than internal division and disruptions, as negative forces undermine the solidarity and integrity of the country and rob societies of their national purpose.

He also stressed that the greatest strength of Pakistan is the people, particularly the young, adding that it is their energy, resolve and passion that is capable of overcoming any odds, beating any hurdle and lighting the candle of hope.

Pakistanis got into a celebratory mood days before Independence Day as markets were flooded with people splurging on dresses, accessories, and food. Stalls with national flags, badges, and balloons were set up across the country.

Similarly, major buildings and roads have been lit up and adorned with green flags. People are decorating their vehicles with the national flag to express their love for their motherland.

Homage is being paid to national heroes on commemorative programs on TV channels.

Meanwhile, law enforcement agencies have stepped up security and traffic management.

Shams Khalid, a 45-year-old company manager, said the day was being celebrated with a great spirit.

"I have two sons, and their enthusiasm and energy on this day are unmatchable." he said. "Our young people are aware of the fact that the country has given them identity and enormous respect and now it is their responsibility to make Pakistan a peaceful and thriving welfare state."


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