Independence Day 2018: Leaders across nation celebrate India's freedom

Independence Day 2018: Amitabh Bachchan, Ranveer Singh, Alia Bhatt and others extend wishes

In Lahore, the main ceremony of the Day was held at Hazoori Bagh in which the Caretaker Chief Minister Dr. Hassan Askari hoisted the national flag.

Change of guard ceremony was held at Mazar-e-Quaid in Karachi on Tuesday morning.

Observing that the independence day and general elections had fallen around the same time this year, the president said he thinks a message is hidden between the two events.

He stressed the need for focusing on obstacles which cause problems for the country and added unity is needed to get rid of political and social issues.

The reason for Pakistan celebrating their independence day on August 14, and India theirs on August 15 is due to the wish of the last British Viceroy - Lord Mountbatten of Burma - to attend both initial independence ceremonies in 1947.

In his address, the Caretaker Chief Minister lauded the services of national heroes of Pakistan Movement and paid rich tributes to the people who sacrifices their lives and properties for creation of a separate homeland.

As many as 48 Pakistan Naval Academy cadets assumed ceremonial guard duties at Mazar-e-Quaid.

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He said he had come to pay respect to the father of the nation.

Unfurling the national flag at the High Commission of Pakistan, the envoy said the recent phone call by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Mr. Imran Khan was a "positive development".

Independence Day celebrations at Pakistan Navy educational institutions were also organised where school children presented tableaus on national songs and declamation contests were held highlighting the importance of freedom.

There were gun salutes in Pakistan's national and provincial capitals, Dawn reported.

University of Karachi students celebrate with a large national flag ahead of the Independence Day in Karachi on Monday.

Khan also urged the expatriate community to "remember their Kashmiri brethren on this auspicious day who are facing human rights violation in Indian-occupied Kashmir".

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