Pakistan is celebrating its 74th Independence Day today because the country continues to battle health, economic and regional challenges.
The ensign hoisting ceremony was held at Aiwan-e-Sadr Friday morning. President Arif Alvi was the chief guest at the event.
The president, while addressing the ceremony, spoke about the various “successes” of the country within the battle against the novel coronavirus. “The world went in lockdown, but our PM decided that we can’t impose it due to the poor people within the country.” We considered the plight of the daily wagers and labourers and took this risky step. Later, the planet appreciated our effort and lauded our decision to impose a sensible lockdown.
Pakistan was the sole Muslim country to not close its mosques during lockdown. “We decided that Muslims are quite disciplined and asked them to take care of social distancing in mosques on their own.” it had been risky, but it worked.
He said that Pakistan will still support the people of Kashmir in their struggle for self-autonomy.
The president specifically spoke about empowering women and giving them their inheritance rights. There are many of us who still deny women their rights. Women need to tend freedom not because the West says so but because Islam gives them this right, he added.
Prime Minister Imran Khan, in his message, said that Pakistan within the past seven decades has confronted multiple challenges with resilience. He said that the country needed reaffirmation of the pledge to continue pursuing the vision of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah.
“While we celebrate this Independence Day , our hearts are profoundly grieved by the sufferings of our brethren in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir who face military siege since the past one year,” he remarked.
Pakistan would stand firmly with the Kashmiri brethren in their struggle for his or her right to self-determination and lift Kashmir’s voice in the least forums to sensitise the planet about the threat to peace and security of the region posed by the supremacist RSS ideology pursued by the BJP government., he added.
A change of guard ceremony was held at Quaid-e-Azam’s mausoleum in Karachi. Pakistan academy cadets assumed ceremonial guard at the mausoleum to mark the Independence Day celebrations.
73rd or 74th Independence Day?
Every year a classic mathematical problem leaves many of us confused about Pakistan’s Independence Day .
The answer may be a matter of mathematics and semantics or word-meanings. it’s the 74th Independence Day and therefore the 73rd year of Pakistan’s existence.
We follow how the State or government calculates it. Consider:
August 14, 1947 was Pakistan’s first Independence Day . that’s what the Riyasat-e-Pakistan says. It named the primary day of our existence as a rustic Independence Day . If you include our first Independence Day and count forward, we’ve had 74 Independence Days or Youm-e-Azadi.
According to this calculation, in 2020 we’ve our 74th Independence Day .
But yes, if you counted the amount of years of Pakistan’s “age”, it’s indeed 73.
In that case, if we were to use the formula people use for his or her birthdays, our first year of existence bound up in 1948 once we became one year old. that might are our first “birthday” like humans celebrate it.