Islamabad, Aug 14: 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.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan felicitated the nation on Independence Day as he vowed to realise Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and Allama Iqbal's vision for Pakistan.
In his message to the nation on the occasion of Independence Day, the PTI chief, also the country's prime minister-in-waiting, tweeted, “14 Aug 2018: On this Independence Day I am filled with the greatest optimism. Despite our grave economic crises, due to corruption and cronyism, I know if we are united in our resolve, we will rise to the challenge and Pakistan will become the great nation envisaged by our Quaid and Iqbal.”
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.