Pakistani expatriates in UAE celebrate Independence Day

Pakistani expatriates across the UAE celebrated their country’s 71st Independence Day with great fervour

University of Karachi students celebrate Pakistan Independence Day with a large national flag

Dubai: Pakistani expatriates across the UAE celebrated their country’s 71st Independence Day with great fervour attending several events in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and other emirates.

Hundreds gathered at the Consulate General of Pakistan in Dubai on Tuesday morning to witness the flag hoisting ceremony that began the day-long celebrations.

A flag hoisting ceremony was also held in Abu Dhabi, attended by a large number of people.

In Dubai, the event began with the reading out of an Independence Day message from the Justice (Retd) Nasir-ul-Mulk, Prime Minister of Pakistan, followed by an address by Consul General of Pakistan, Brigadier (Retd) Syed Javed Hassan.

Several other community events were also held throughout the day with the community members hoping for new dawn in Pakistan as a new government is poised to take over.

The UAE is home to 1.5 million Pakistanis, making up the second largest expatriate population.

Pakistan celebrates Independence Day  

Islamabad: People all across Pakistan on Tuesday celebrated the country’s 72nd Independence Day with traditional zeal and fervour.

As the clock struck midnight, fireworks began across the county while buildings were lit up to celebrate Independence Day.

The day-long festivities began with thanksgiving prayers and the hoisting of the national flag at all important public buildings in the country, which had been decorated with bunting and lights ahead of August 14, reports Dawn online.

The day began with a 31-gun salute in the capital, followed by 21-gun salutes in all four provincial capitals.

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

The main ceremony will be hosted at the Islamabad’s Convention Centre, where President Mamnoon Hussain is expected to hoist the national flag. Caretaker Prime Minister Nasirul Mulk, the three chiefs of the armed forces and other notable personalities will be in attendance.

Change-of-guard ceremonies were also held at the mausoleums of Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and Allama Iqbal in Karachi and Lahore, respectively.

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.

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