Pakistan celebrates 70th Independence Day

Pakistan kicked off a day of celebrations on Monday marking 70 years of statehood and independence, the festivities beginning with gun salutes in the capital, Islamabad, and in each of the four provincial capitals.

In Karachi, visitors paid respects at the mausoleum of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of the country.

The Pakistan Air Force put on a spectacular air show, with Pakistani, Turkish and Saudi fighter jets flying over Islamabad as thousands of spectators watched from one of the city’s parks.

A man on the motor bike holds a national flag as he watches an air show to celebrate the 70th Independence Day in Islamabad, Pakistan August 14, 2017.
People from Pakistani Sikh community celebrate the 70th Independence Day in Peshawar, Pakistan, Monday, Aug. 14, 2017. Pakistan gained its independence from British colonial rule in 1947.
Attendees wave Pakistan’s national flag while singing national songs at a ceremony to celebrate the country’s 70th Independence Day at the mausoleum of Muhammad Ali Jinnah in Karachi, Pakistan August 14, 2017.
Spectators watch Pakistan Air Force fighter jets demonstrate an aerobatic maneuver during an air show to celebrate the 70th Independence Day in Islamabad, Pakistan, Monday, Aug. 14, 2017. Pakistan gained its independence from British colonial rule in 1947.

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