2017-08-15 | Politics

In pictures: Pakistani pride amid growing security

AFP

Pakistan celebrated its 70th year of independence in lavish displays of pride nationwide.


Lahore is shown August 13, lit up in anticipation of Independence Day one day later. The holiday celebrates Pakistan's independence from British rule in 1947.
Lahore is shown August 13, lit up in anticipation of Independence Day one day later. The holiday celebrates Pakistan's independence from British rule in 1947.
Lahore is shown August 13, lit up in anticipation of Independence Day one day later. The holiday celebrates Pakistan's independence from British rule in 1947.

Pakistan celebrated its 70th year of independence in lavish displays of pride nationwide.

People across Pakistan celebrated their country's 70th year of independence Monday (August 14th) amid a growing sense of security and prosperity.

On the occasion top Pakistani officials vowed to continue the gains against militant groups and wipe out terrorism once and for all.

Click below to see a collection of select photos from the Independence Day celebrations, from official events to spontaneous displays of pride on the streets.

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Pakistani military officers salute as they hear the national anthem after hoisting the country's flag to celebrate Independence Day in Islamabad August 14. [Aamir Qureshi/AFP]

    Pakistani military officers salute as they hear the national anthem after hoisting the country's flag to celebrate Independence Day in Islamabad August 14. [Aamir Qureshi/AFP]

    Pakistani military officers salute as they hear the national anthem after hoisting the country's flag to celebrate Independence Day in Islamabad August 14. [Aamir Qureshi/AFP]

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Youths wear masks as they march through Islamabad August 13 to mark Independence Day. Pakistan August 14 celebrated its 70th anniversary of its independence from British rule. [Aamir Qureshi/AFP]

    Youths wear masks as they march through Islamabad August 13 to mark Independence Day. Pakistan August 14 celebrated its 70th anniversary of its independence from British rule. [Aamir Qureshi/AFP]

    Youths wear masks as they march through Islamabad August 13 to mark Independence Day. Pakistan August 14 celebrated its 70th anniversary of its independence from British rule. [Aamir Qureshi/AFP]

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A Peshawar man drives his car decorated with national flags to celebrate Pakistan's Independence Day August 14. This year marked Pakistan's 70th anniversary of independence from Great Britain. Pakistan celebrates one day before India.

    A Peshawar man drives his car decorated with national flags to celebrate Pakistan's Independence Day August 14. This year marked Pakistan's 70th anniversary of independence from Great Britain. Pakistan celebrates one day before India.

    A Peshawar man drives his car decorated with national flags to celebrate Pakistan's Independence Day August 14. This year marked Pakistan's 70th anniversary of independence from Great Britain. Pakistan celebrates one day before India.

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Pakistanis August 14 in Quetta carry a huge flag to mark the country's 70th anniversary of independence from Great Britain. Pakistan celebrates Independence Day one day before India. [Banaras Khan/AFP]

    Pakistanis August 14 in Quetta carry a huge flag to mark the country's 70th anniversary of independence from Great Britain. Pakistan celebrates Independence Day one day before India. [Banaras Khan/AFP]

    Pakistanis August 14 in Quetta carry a huge flag to mark the country's 70th anniversary of independence from Great Britain. Pakistan celebrates Independence Day one day before India. [Banaras Khan/AFP]

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Pakistani students August 14 in Karachi hold national flags at the mausoleum of Pakistan's founder, Mohammad Ali Jinnah, to mark Independence Day. The country gained independence from Great Britain 70 years ago. [Asif Hassan/AFP]

    Pakistani students August 14 in Karachi hold national flags at the mausoleum of Pakistan's founder, Mohammad Ali Jinnah, to mark Independence Day. The country gained independence from Great Britain 70 years ago. [Asif Hassan/AFP]

    Pakistani students August 14 in Karachi hold national flags at the mausoleum of Pakistan's founder, Mohammad Ali Jinnah, to mark Independence Day. The country gained independence from Great Britain 70 years ago. [Asif Hassan/AFP]

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Pakistani Sikhs August 14 in Peshawar carry a cake decorated with the national flag to mark Pakistan's Independence Day. The country gained independence from Great Britain 70 years ago. [Abdul Majeed/AFP]

    Pakistani Sikhs August 14 in Peshawar carry a cake decorated with the national flag to mark Pakistan's Independence Day. The country gained independence from Great Britain 70 years ago. [Abdul Majeed/AFP]

    Pakistani Sikhs August 14 in Peshawar carry a cake decorated with the national flag to mark Pakistan's Independence Day. The country gained independence from Great Britain 70 years ago. [Abdul Majeed/AFP]

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Pakistani Sikh motorcyclists August 14 in Peshawar hold national flags as participate in a parade to celebrate Pakistan's Independence Day. The country gained independence from Great Britain 70 years ago.

    Pakistani Sikh motorcyclists August 14 in Peshawar hold national flags as participate in a parade to celebrate Pakistan's Independence Day. The country gained independence from Great Britain 70 years ago.

    Pakistani Sikh motorcyclists August 14 in Peshawar hold national flags as participate in a parade to celebrate Pakistan's Independence Day. The country gained independence from Great Britain 70 years ago.

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An aerobatics team August 14 in Islamabad performs to mark Pakistan's Independence Day. The country is celebrating its 70th anniversary of independence from Great Britain.

    An aerobatics team August 14 in Islamabad performs to mark Pakistan's Independence Day. The country is celebrating its 70th anniversary of independence from Great Britain.

    An aerobatics team August 14 in Islamabad performs to mark Pakistan's Independence Day. The country is celebrating its 70th anniversary of independence from Great Britain.

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The portrait of Muhammad Ali Jinnah is seen at at the India-Pakistan Wagah border post as a Pakistani Ranger (top) unfurls the Pakistani national flag to celebrate Independence Day August 14. Jinnah was the founder of Pakistan, which gained independence from Great Britain 70 years ago. [Narinder Nanu/AFP]

    The portrait of Muhammad Ali Jinnah is seen at at the India-Pakistan Wagah border post as a Pakistani Ranger (top) unfurls the Pakistani national flag to celebrate Independence Day August 14. Jinnah was the founder of Pakistan, which gained independence from Great Britain 70 years ago. [Narinder Nanu/AFP]

    The portrait of Muhammad Ali Jinnah is seen at at the India-Pakistan Wagah border post as a Pakistani Ranger (top) unfurls the Pakistani national flag to celebrate Independence Day August 14. Jinnah was the founder of Pakistan, which gained independence from Great Britain 70 years ago. [Narinder Nanu/AFP]

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