Celebrating Pakistan’s 70th Birthday


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People celebrate the Independence Day, in Karachi, Pakistan, 14 August 2017. [Via EPA]

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There were fireworks at midnight to mark the moment of partition from India at the end of British colonial rule in 1947. [Via EPA]

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Attendees wave Pakistan’s national flag while singing national songs at a ceremony to celebrate the country’s 70th Independence Day at the mausoleum of Muhammad Ali Jinnah in Karachi, Pakistan August 14, 2017. [Via REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro]

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Spectators watch Pakistan Air Force fighter jets demonstrate an aerobatic maneuver during an air show to celebrate the 70th Independence Day in Islamabad, Pakistan, Monday, Aug. 14, 2017. [Via AP Photo/Anjum Naveed]

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A man on the motor bike holds a national flag as he watches an air show to celebrate the 70th Independence Day in Islamabad, Pakistan August 14, 2017. [Via REUTERS/Faisal Mahmood]

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A Pakistani vendor paints the color of the Pakistani flag on a girl’s face celebrating the 70th Independence Day in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, Monday, Aug. 14, 2017. Pakistan gained its independence from British colonial rule in 1947. [Via AP Photo/B.K. Bangash]

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People from Pakistani Sikh community celebrate the 70th Independence Day in Peshawar, Pakistan, Monday, Aug. 14, 2017. Pakistan gained its independence from British colonial rule in 1947. [Via AP Photo/Muhammad Sajjad]

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A girl holds a national flag as she attends a ceremony to celebrate Pakistan’s 70th Independence Day at the mausoleum of Muhammad Ali Jinnah in Karachi, Pakistan August 14, 2017. [Via REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro]

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A Pakistani Sailor stands guard at the mausoleum of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, founder of Pakistan during a parade to celebrate the 70th Independence Day in Karachi, Pakistan, Monday, Aug. 14, 2017. Pakistanis commemorated its independence from British colonial rule in 1947. [Via AP Photo/Shakil Adil]

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A government building is seen illuminated with national flag, ahead of Pakistan’s Independence Day in Lahore, Pakistan August 13, 2017. [Via REUTERS/Mohsin Raza]

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Crowds watched as the Pakistani flag was hoisted at Wagah, the only functioning land border crossing with India. India marks its independence on Tuesday. [Via EPA]

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The festivities come at a time of political upheaval in Pakistan, after Nawaz Sharif was ousted as prime minister by a court over corruption allegations. [Via EPA]


Celebrating Pakistan’s 70th Birthday

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