The President of Maldives Mohamed Nasheed also wished the citizens of India and the Prime Minister a happy Independence Day. He said the political leaders, intellectuals and the media will also have to play their role for promotion of unity and steer the country out of current challenges.
Earlier, the day dawned with Gun Salutes and special prayers were offered in all Naval mosques for solidarity and progress of the country and particularly for the success of Kashmiri struggle.
The incoming leadership of Pakistan led by former cricketer Imran Khan will give priority to peace between Islamabad and its neighbours, High Commissioner of Pakistan Sohail Mahmood said while celebrating the country's Independence Day on Tuesday.
From left to right: Caretaker PM Nasirul Mulk, President Mamnoon Hussain, outgoing NA Speaker Ayaz Sadiq, and Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa.
Meanwhile, a simple but graceful ceremony of Change of Guards was also held at Mazar-e-Iqbal in Lahore in which Pakistan Army took charge from Punjab Rangers. An Independence Day walk and race was also organized in Ormara in which a large number of locals participated with zeal.
The ceremonies for transfer of power took place on August 14, 1947, for Pakistan and August 15, 1947, for India.
Bollywood actor Ranveer Singh, who will be seen in upcoming films like Gully Boy, 83 and Takht, hoisted the Indian flag with school children and noted that our young nation is the very future of the world. "Our country is a blessing for us".
Karachi: An impressive Change of Guard ceremony was held at mausoleum of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah as the entire nation celebrated 71st anniversary of Independence of Pakistan. "I sincerely hope that from this year onwards, both Pakistan and India work towards resolving their issues for a better, peaceful and prosperous region where India Pak cricket matches can also be frequently held", wrote Afridi, who also fondly known as Boom Boom.