On August 14th Pakistan celebrates Independence Day.
Speaking to the constituent assembly days before the partition of India in 1947, the founding leader of Pakistan said:
You are free; you are free to go to your temples, you are free to go to your mosques or to any other place of worship in this State of Pakistan. You may belong to any religion or caste or creed that has nothing to do with the business of the State.
– Muhammad Ali Jinnah
On this day in 1947, Pakistan became the world’s first Islamic republic when it gained independence from British rule.
The name Pakistan is a conjunction of two words ‘Pak’ meaning ‘Pure’ in Urdu and Persian, and ‘Stan’ meaning ‘Land’. The name was also promoted in a pamphlet produced by the Muslim movement in 1933 – ” Punjab, North-West Frontier Province (Afghan Province), Kashmir, Sind and Baluchistan”. The ‘i’ was added to aid pronunciation.
Wishing All Pakistanis around the world
Happy 70th Independence Day