Pakistan celebrates 74th Independence Day with occupied Kashmir in focus

Prime Minister and President vowed to continue support for the people of IIOJK

Pakistan is celebrating its 73 years of independence today. On 14th August, 1947, the nation gained independence from the British rule under the able leadership of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. The two nation theory, the fact that Hindus and Muslims residing in India are two different nations, not a majority and minority, played a pivotal role in the creation of the nation state.

The celebration began with a 31 gun salute in the nation’s capital and 21 gun salutes at the provincial capitals at the dawn. President Arif Alvi felicitated the nation on the Independence Day and called for support for the people of Indian Occupied Kashmir.

“As we commemorate this Independence Day, we should not forget our brothers and sisters of Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJ&K), who have been subjected to harsh brutalities by the Indian security forces,” Alvi said.

Prime Minister Imran Khan urged the nation to follow the golden principles of Unity, Faith and Discipline to achieve success. He saluted Pakistanis for their resilience over the many years despite of facing adverse conditions.

“During the past seven decades of our journey, we have confronted various challenges. From the hostility of a neighboring country, with its known hegemonic intentions, to the scourge of terrorism and from coping with natural calamities to fighting pandemic, our nation has always shown resilience and perseverance,” Khan said.

The prime minister also remembered the Kashmiri brethren and sisters at the occasion. He called out India for forcing the worst conditions on the people of the valley during the last year.

“While we celebrate this Independence Day, our hearts are profoundly grieved by the sufferings of our brethren in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir who are facing military siege since past one year,” he said.

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