By Line: Ishank Katyal
This day, on 14th August, our neighborhood Pakistan celebrates its independence day every year. The country commemorates the day when it achieved freedom from British colonial rule in 1947 and became a sovereign state of the Muslim community through its partition with India.
But there comes a question that why India and Pakistan celebrate their independence day on different days i.e. 14th August and 15th August?
Lord Mountbatten, the then Viceroy of India transferred his powers to Pakistan on August 14 1947 so that Pakistan officials can attend India’s Independence Day program in New Delhi on August 15, 1947.
Therefore, as per the Indian Independence Day Act, 1947, India became independent at the cost of Pakistan as a Muslim country.
Apart from partition, Pakistan celebrates its Independence Day on this day because 14th August 1947 is also known as the 27th day of Ramadan as per Islamic Calendar.
Today, the streets of Pakistan have completely turned green and white but is also taking precautions due to the Coronavirus pandemic which has killed more than 6,000 people in the country.
According to Indian Newspaper Tribune, many stalls in Islamabad have been decorated with Pakistani flags, badges, bandanas, and other various items to celebrate this day. On this occasion, many social events, military parades to marches, and sports competitions have been organized throughout the country.