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In photos: Independence Day celebrations

Photos by Shahbaz Butt


Pakistani police of the Special Security Unit (SSU) march in front of the mausoleum of founding father Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah during Independence Day celebrations in Karachi on August 14. [Rizwan Tabassum/AFP]

Pakistani police of the Special Security Unit (SSU) march in front of the mausoleum of founding father Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah during Independence Day celebrations in Karachi on August 14. [Rizwan Tabassum/AFP]


Pakistanis take part in Independence Day celebrations in Quetta on August 14 as the nation marks the anniversary of independence from British rule. [Banaras Khan/AFP]

Pakistanis take part in Independence Day celebrations in Quetta on August 14 as the nation marks the anniversary of independence from British rule. [Banaras Khan/AFP]


Pakistani police with the Special Security Unit (SSU) march in front of the mausoleum of founding father Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah during Independence Day celebrations in Karachi on August 14. [Rizwan Tabassum/AFP]

Pakistani police with the Special Security Unit (SSU) march in front of the mausoleum of founding father Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah during Independence Day celebrations in Karachi on August 14. [Rizwan Tabassum/AFP]


Pakistani girls hold a national flag in front of the mausoleum of founding father Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah during Independence Day celebrations in Karachi on August 14. [Rizwan Tabassum/AFP]

Pakistani girls hold a national flag in front of the mausoleum of founding father Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah during Independence Day celebrations in Karachi on August 14. [Rizwan Tabassum/AFP]


Workers in Peshawar decorate a car in preparation for Independence Day. [Shahbaz Butt]

Workers in Peshawar decorate a car in preparation for Independence Day. [Shahbaz Butt]


Young men in Peshawar blow bugles as Independence Day nears. [Shahbaz Butt]

Young men in Peshawar blow bugles as Independence Day nears. [Shahbaz Butt]


A vendor in Peshawar offers a variety of merchandise for celebrating Independence Day. [Shahbaz Butt]

A vendor in Peshawar offers a variety of merchandise for celebrating Independence Day. [Shahbaz Butt]


A customer August 10 in Peshawar selects a national flag from a roadside stall. [Shahbaz Butt]

A customer August 10 in Peshawar selects a national flag from a roadside stall. [Shahbaz Butt]


A boy August 10 in Peshawar displays a variety of merchandise meant for Independence Day celebrations. [Shahbaz Butt]

A boy August 10 in Peshawar displays a variety of merchandise meant for Independence Day celebrations. [Shahbaz Butt]


Girls August 10 in Peshawar sing patriotic songs at an event held in connection with Independence Day. [Shahbaz Butt]

Girls August 10 in Peshawar sing patriotic songs at an event held in connection with Independence Day. [Shahbaz Butt]


National flags are shown on sale at Qissa Khwani Bazaar in Peshawar August 10, four days before Independence Day. [Shahbaz Butt]

National flags are shown on sale at Qissa Khwani Bazaar in Peshawar August 10, four days before Independence Day. [Shahbaz Butt]


Children have the national flag painted on their faces at Qissa Khwani Bazaar in Peshawar. [Shahbaz Butt]

Children have the national flag painted on their faces at Qissa Khwani Bazaar in Peshawar. [Shahbaz Butt]

ISLAMABAD -- Pakistanis Wednesday (August 14) turned out nationwide to celebrate Independence Day.

Many citizens are enjoying a return to normal life after a multi-year fight against militants and terrorist groups that cost the country thousands of lives.

The country declared independence from the British empire August 14, 1947.


Pakistanis take to the streets during Independence Day celebrations in Islamabad on August 14. [Aamir Qureshi/AFP]

Pakistanis take to the streets during Independence Day celebrations in Islamabad on August 14. [Aamir Qureshi/AFP]

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