- Title: Pakistan prepares to celebrate 70th Independence Day
- Date: 9th August 2017
- Summary: ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN (AUGUST 7, 2017) (REUTERS) CARS DRIVING PAST STALLS SELLING PAKISTANI FLAGS VENDORS ON ROADSIDE AMONGST FLAGS GREEN MASKS, CAPS, HORNS AND BADGES ON DISPLAY VARIOUS OF VAN DRIVER SELECTING FLAGS TO PUT ON HIS VEHICLE VARIOUS OF VAN DRIVER AND STALL OWNER TYING FLAGS TO VEHICLE (SOUNDBITE) (Urdu) OWNER OF ROADSIDE STALL SELLING PAKISTANI FLAGS FOR INDEPENDENCE DAY, AMJID ALI, SAYING: "We set up this stall every year. We are very happy because this is August 14, the day on which our Pakistan was created. We are extremely happy. When we see that people around us are happy, that also cheers us up." TRAFFIC PASSING BY INDEPENDENCE DAY STALLS CUSTOMERS LOOKING AT INDEPENDENCE DAY SHIRTS BOY WEARING INDEPENDENCE DAY SHIRT STALL OWNER WEARING GREEN AND WHITE WIG LAHORE, PAKISTAN (AUGUST 7, 2017) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF PAKISTANI FLAGS ON SALE IN CROWDED MARKET STALL SELLING GREEN AND WHITE HATS MAN TRYING ON HAT CHILDREN LOOKING AT INDEPENDENCE DAY PARAPHERNALIA INDEPENDENCE DAY SHIRTS ON DISPLAY CUSTOMERS BUYING INDEPENDENCE DAY SHIRTS (SOUNDBITE) (Urdu) VENDOR, MALIK SAJAWAL, SAYING: "We should celebrate August 14 - it is our duty. We celebrate Eid festivals, because we are Muslims, but also Pakistanis, so it is our duty to celebrate August 14, because our ancestors gave great sacrifices to get Pakistan." VARIOUS OF MAN WEARING GREEN HAT AND GLASSES BOY TRYING ON GREEN MASK, WIG AND GLASSES
- Embargoed: 23rd August 2017 12:18
- Keywords: Independence Day flag stalls Pakistan independence independence day preparation
- Location: ISLAMABAD AND LAHORE, PAKISTAN
- City: ISLAMABAD AND LAHORE, PAKISTAN
- Country: Pakistan
- Topics: Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA0016TKN77P
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: With Pakistan's 70th Independence Day around the corner, the streets of cities and towns of Pakistan are awash with national flags in all sizes, fluttering on buildings and vehicles, blazoned on badges and bracelets, t-shirts and hats.
Special stalls have been set up in markets and bazaars for Independence Day paraphernalia. August 14 is an official holiday and all government, as well as non-government offices, organizations, educational institutions and most major markets are closed.
The movement for Pakistan's Independence, led by Mohammad Ali Jinnah, started soon after World War 1 following disagreements and fights between Hindus and Muslims living in the Indian subcontinent, a part of the British Empire.
On August 14, 1947, Pakistan was made an independent country based on border lines created by the British at the end of their rule in India. Partition took place amid renewed religious turmoil in India and Pakistan that resulted in the deaths of hundreds of thousands in Muslim-Hindu violence.
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