Pakistan is one of major Muslim countries in the world at present. The country appeared out of Indian sub-continent on the map of the globe on 14th August in 1947. The main purpose of the emergence of this country was to give Muslims a separate homeland to live independently according to the teachings of Islam that is why the majority of this country is comprised on Muslim community. The name “Pakistan” has been devised from the names of those provinces that make up this country, Punjab, Afghan Border States, Kashmir, Sindh, NWFP (currently named “Khyber Pakhtunkhwa”) and Baluchistan.
In fact after 1947, Pakistan stayed a territory for nine years. It was on 23rd March 1956 that the country was stated an Islamic State. East Pakistan was broken and declared dominion of the State of Bangladesh in 1971. Hence current major provinces of the country are Punjab, Sindh, North West Boundary Province along with the Federal Capital and other tribal areas. The tribal areas coming under the control of government on Pakistan are Khyber, Kurram, Malakand, North West Wazirastan, South Wazirastan and Mohmand. The Capital of the country used to be Karachi in the past but at the present, it is “Islamabad” these days.
The whole nation of Pakistan celebrates the Independence Day on 14th August every year. It has been celebrating in the month of Ramadan for past two years and this year it again occurred in the month of Ramadan. The most amazing coincidence is that when Pakistan was emerged in 1947, it was Ramadan as well and now the whole nation will celebrate their Independence from the British rulers on 14th August along with the special blessings of God which He bestows upon us in the month of Ramadan. The day is celebrated to enhance the feeling of Patriotism and unity among the nation.
People decorate their homes with national flags and dress themselves up in green and white to join the parade for these colors are the colors of national flag. There is a public holiday on Independence Day. All the government and private offices, educational institutes and markets remain close for the celebration of this day. Pakistan army pays homage to the martyrs who sacrificed their lives in the freedom movements of Pakistan. A transformation of guard takes place at national monuments involving mausoleums of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the great leader and founder of Pakistan, and Allama Muhammad Iqbal, a great philosopher and national poet of Pakistan.
Different events and functions take place comprising on special TV shows, national anthem, national songs contests, concerts and Independence Day parades. Radio and TV channels broadcast special transmissions prepared specially for the Independence Day. Happy Independence Day to all Pakistanis!