In 1947, history was made as Pakistan became its own independent nation, separating from the old Indian subcontinent.
With the newly established country officially founded by Muhammad Ali Jinnah – the first Governor General of Pakistan – the iconic leader addressed the public in a passionate speech to captivate a new nation.
“It is with feelings of greatest happiness and emotion that I send you my greetings,” he said. “August 15th (later changed to 14th) is the birthday of the independent and sovereign State of Pakistan.
“It marks the fulfilment of the destiny of the Muslim nation which made great sacrifices in the past few years to have its homeland.”
Now, and every year since 1947, the national holiday has been celebrated around the world with prayers, songs, parades and the hoisting of the country’s flag marking the special occasion.
“The great majority of us are Muslims,” Jinnah added. “We follow the teachings of the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH).
“We are members of the brotherhood of Islam in which all are equal in rights, dignity and self-respect.
“Consequently, we have a special and a very deep sense of unity. But make no mistake: Pakistan is not a theocracy or anything like it.”
In Pakistan three days of celebrations were organised to mark the important date.
Pak Sarzameen Party founder, Mustafa Kamal, said the first day would cater for rallies, the second for fireworks and the third for the flag hoisting ceremonies on 14th August.
Closer to home, in Bradford, the annual flag raising ceremony at the city’s Consulate of Pakistan, brings together people from across West Yorkshire.
After listening to speeches from a number of distinguished guests, the Pakistan flag is raised as the national anthem plays.
From all at the Asian Express Newspaper, we wish all who are celebrating a happy Independence Day.