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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.

Flood-Ravaged Pakistan Cancels Independence Day Events

As reported by CNN

Pakistan canceled independence day celebrations Saturday as a second wave of floods continued to put millions in peril, the nation’s prime minister said.

Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani said the devastating floods had affected 20 million people, a figure much larger than officials had given earlier. Gilani said some religious events connected to Ramadan were also canceled.

“In solidarity with the flood victims, all independence day celebrations have been canceled and moreover, all Iftar dinner events and celebration of eid by government ministries have been canceled so that these resources can be utilized in the affected areas,” Gilani said.

A second wave of floodwater is expected to wash through southern Pakistan this weekend, adding hundreds of thousands of people to the number already stranded by a first wave earlier this month, Pakistani officials said.

At least 1,384 people have died and 1,630 more have been injured by flooding that has damaged or destroyed 8,300 Pakistani villages so far, according to Ahmed Kamal, spokesman for the National Disaster Management Authority.

The United Nations said it was racing against time to reach the suffering.

“Relief supplies must reach women, men and children as soon as possible, in order to avoid further death caused by waterborne diseases and food shortages,” said Martin Mogwanja, the United Nations’ humanitarian coordinator for Pakistan.

“The death toll has so far been relatively low compared with other major natural disasters, and we want to keep it that way,” he said.

Pakistan emergency officials predicted the second wave could reach Sukkar on Saturday evening.

Hundreds of thousands of people living along the Indus River in northern Sindh could be stranded, along with the tens of thousands stranded by the first wave, said Lt. Cmdr. Jawad Khawaja of the Pakistani navy.

Many residents have ignored government warnings to evacuate the area, causing a big concern, Khawaja said.

It estimated that 723,950 homes have been damaged or destroyed.

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