Archive for August 14th, 2011

Google Celebrates Pakistan’s Independence Day

By Sanain for Allvoices

For the very first time in the history of Google, a Google Doodle has been especially designed for Pakistan, on their 64th Independence Day. Google has put a green-colored doodle representing the color of Pakistan’s national flag on the Pakistani Google homepage.

The doodle is an absolute eye-catcher. The “l” of Google is replaced by “Minar-e-Pakistan”, which is the National Tower of Pakistan in Lahore. The upper half of the “g” is replaced by “A Crescent and a Star”, which represents an important part of Pakistan’s national flag. There can also be seen small-colored stars around the logo.

Pakistan’s Independence Day is observed every year on August 14, the day Pakistan was made an independent country based on borderlines created by the British towards the end of their rule of India. On this special day, Pakistan, in 1947, became an independent country and also the largest Muslim country of Asia.

The day is a national holiday in Pakistan. Main events of the day include flag raising ceremonies, tributes to national heroes, fireworks taking place in Islamabad, the capital of the country, changing of the guards at the mausoleum of Mohammed Ali Jinnah (Mazar-e-Quaid), Wagah Border ceremonies, patriotic fashion shows and musical concerts.

On its Independence Day, Pakistan also releases some prisoners who were arrested for illegally crossing into Pakistan from the neighboring and archrival country, India.

The main celebrations take place in Islamabad, where the president and prime minister raise the national flag at the presidential and parliament buildings and deliver speeches to the people of Pakistan. These speeches basically highlight the achievements of the government, goals set for the future and in the words of the father of the nation, Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, bring “Unity, Faith and Discipline” to its people.
The credit for Pakistan’s independence goes to their famous leader, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, also known as the Quaid-e-Azam. His unparallel struggle and endeavors made it possible for Muslims of the Indian subcontinent to get a country for themselves.

The struggle for Pakistan’s independence has a background behind it. Pakistan was achieved to establish a Muslim country, which would prove as an example of piety, fair play and unity for the rest of the Muslim brotherhood.

It should be noted that last year, Pakistani government did not celebrate the Independence Day to show solidarity and moral support with the people affected by floods in 2010.

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