Pakistan Independence Day, observed annually on 14th of August, is the nation’s most beloved national holiday with millions of Pakistanis coming together to mark the anniversary of the birth of their nation. The holiday commemorates the day when Pakistan achieved ‘complete’ independence and was officially declared a sovereign state following the end of British Raj in 1947.
August 14 1947, was a prominent day in Pakistani history, as the nation got independence from the British rule, becoming the world’s first Islamic republic.
Every year the whole Pakistani nation fathoms the patriotic feeling with colors of green and white on 14 August, which is celebrated as the Independence Day in Pakistan. Here are some fascinating facts about Pakistan’s Independence Day:
- According to Islamic Calendar, Pakistan was created on Ramadan 27, on the night of Laylat al-Qadr.
- Initially, Pakistan consisted of two parts – West Pakistan (today Pakistan) and East Pakistan (today Bangladesh). East Pakistan got separated in 1971 and came to be known as Bangladesh.
- Muhammad Ali Jinnah was the first Governor-General of Pakistan, and Liaquat Ali Khan was the first Prime Minister of Pakistan.
- The national flag of Pakistan was first adopted during a meeting of the Constituent Assembly on August 11, 1947, just three days before independence.
- The word ‘Pakistan’ is a combination of two words ‘Pak’ (meaning pure) and Stan (meaning land). This name was provided by Chaudhry Rehmat Ali.
- The Pakistani flag consists of two colors green and white; of which green stands for Islam and Muslims, whereas the white stripe represents religious minorities in Pakistan. The star and crescent on the flag symbolize progress and light.
- Pakistan is the strongest Muslim country in the whole world. It’s the only Muslim Nuclear Power nation, having a strong army of 10 lac.
- Pakistan’s Independence Day is called Youm-e-Azadi in Urdu.
- Muhammad Ali Jinnah is the founder of Pakistan.