In Pictures: Pakistan celebrates 73rd Independence Day

KARACHI: The celebrations of the 73rd year of Independence on Friday began with traditional zeal and fervour across the country as the change of guard ceremonies were held at Mazaar-i-Quaid and Mazaar-i-Iqbal in Karachi and Lahore, respectively.
Flag hoisting ceremonies were held at public and private offices across the country and special programmes were scheduled to observe Independence Day.

Change of guard ceremony held at Mazaar-i-Quaid during Independence Day celebrations in Karachi 

Soldiers march to lay wreaths on the mausoleum of founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah 

Soldiers march to lay wreaths on the mausoleum of founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah during Independence Day celebrations in Karachi on August 14. — AFP

 Pakistan has conferred the highest civil award of the country, Nishan-e-Pakistan, to Kashmiri leader, Syed Ali Shah Geelani, for his services and sacrifices against oppression in Indian-occupied Kashmir.

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Sindh Governor Imran Ismail and Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah talking to media after visiting Mazar-e-Quaid.

Independence Day Celebration in pakistan

Federal Minister for Shipping and Port Ali Haider Zaidi and Advisor to the Ministry of Maritime Affairs Mahmood Maulvi visited Mazaar-i-Quaid.

Independence Day Celebration in pakistan

Australian High Commissioner to Pakistan Dr Geoffrey Shaw congratulates the Pakistani nation on Independence Day

Independence Day Celebration in pakistan

Former national cricket team captain Wasim Akram’s wife Shanira Akram celebrates independence with mentally handicapped children

Independence Day Celebration in pakistan

Federal Minister for Aviation Ghulam Sarwar Khan cuts Independence Day cake at the  New Islamabad Airport

Independence Day Celebration in pakistan

Arts Council Karachi President Ahmad Shah and others celebrating Independence Day 

Arts Council of Pakistan Karachi hosted "Azadi Festival" full of enthusiasm

Leading actress Sana Javed Iis celebrating Independence Day

Independence Day Celebration in pakistan

PML-N member Punjab Assembly Hina Pervaiz Butt celebrates independence by wearing a green dress.

Independence Day Celebration in pakistan

A man wearing an outfit designed as the Pakistani national flag walks along with his children in Karachi

A man wearing an outfit designed as the Pakistani national flag walks along with his children in Karachi. — AFP

Karachi Mayor Waseem Akhtar and others are celebrating Independence Day at the municipal office

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Actress Hina Raltaf is celebrating Pakistan’s Independence Day wearing a green dress

Independence Day Celebration in pakistan

A vendor holds a Pakistani flag as he waits for customers beside his stall alongside a street in Islamabad

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A family rides in an auto-rickshaw decorated with Pakistani flags in Karachi
455390-01-02Fireworks light the sky close to the Minar-e-Pakistan or Pakistan monument

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People use their mobile phones to film fireworks

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People cheer while watching fireworks

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