Pakistan celebrates Independence Day with patriotic zeal, fervour

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Hours before Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived at the Red Fort to deliver his annual August 15 speech, Nawaz Sharif - until recently his Pakistani counterpart - cut a cake in a Rawalpindi jail to celebrate his nation's Independence Day.

The day dawned with 31 gun salutes in the federal capital and 21 gun salutes in the provincial headquarters.

Celebrations kicked off across the country as the clock struck midnight.

From left to right: Caretaker PM Nasirul Mulk, President Mamnoon Hussain, outgoing NA Speaker Ayaz Sadiq, and Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa.

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.

Pakistan Rangers officials at the Wagah border crossing exchanged candies with Indian Border Security Force personnel.

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"This is open to everyone to attend", said Tanveer Taj, president of the Alberta chapter of the Pakistani Canadian Cultural Association. Cadets of Pakistan Navy comprising the best sailors took charge of their duties as a change of guard ceremony was held at the Quaid-i-Azam mausoleum in Karachi and Iqbal's mausoleum in Lahore.

People across the country flocked to stalls that lined up streets to purchase national flags in different sizes, t-shirts, badges and other merchandise to display their national pride. "On August 14, our resolve is further renewed".

Terming Pakistan as an "exception blessing" of God, he said the objective behind the formation of the country was to free humans from the slavery of other humans so they could live their lives freely without fear of exploitation.

He's referring to the election of Imran Khan, a cricket player turned politician who has promised to reform a system plagued by corruption.

The gesture from Pakistan cricketers is being loved and the fans are praising them for wishing India on its Independence Day.

Both Pakistan and India were granted independence in 1947, however, celebrate their independence days on separate days.

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