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As Pakistan's 69th Independence Day comes around, Pakistanis across the country flock to stalls and vendors to buy national flags of different shapes and sizes to show their patriotic fervour.

The show of patriotism doesn't end with flags ─ shirts, dresses, balloons and badges, as well as other memorabilia bedecked in the hallmark green and white, emblazoned with the national flag, are a hot commodity as citizens throng the markets, surveying the colourful and quirky offerings.

In Quetta, the streets are full of national fervour as people buy patriotic merchandise from the dozens of vendors that have set up shop. People of all age groups are busy buying flags and clothing apparel that shows off their love for Pakistan. Anticipating high demand, vendors started selling Independence Day products as soon as the month of August began.

"The people over here ─ especially children ─ celebrate Independence Day with a lot of pride," one Quetta vendor told DawnNews. "The products people buy the most in order to celebrate are hats, flags and badges."

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Students carry a national flag as they march on a street ahead of the country's forthcoming Independence Day celebrations in Karachi. — AFP
Students carry a national flag as they march on a street ahead of the country's forthcoming Independence Day celebrations in Karachi. — AFP
A man with a painted flag  in Peshawar.  — AP
A man with a painted flag in Peshawar. — AP
Labourer working at a printing press busy in printing national 
flags bunting on arrival of Pakistan Independence Day ahead on August 14, at Pakistan Chowk 
in Karachi. ─ PPI
Labourer working at a printing press busy in printing national flags bunting on arrival of Pakistan Independence Day ahead on August 14, at Pakistan Chowk in Karachi. ─ PPI
A whole sale dealer in Rawalpindi arranging the Independence Day related commodities at Urdu Bazaar as the nation starts preparations to celebrate the Independence Day of Pakistan in befitting manners. ─ INP
A whole sale dealer in Rawalpindi arranging the Independence Day related commodities at Urdu Bazaar as the nation starts preparations to celebrate the Independence Day of Pakistan in befitting manners. ─ INP
A band performs a national song in Lahore. — Reuters
A band performs a national song in Lahore. — Reuters
Children hold toy guns and dress as army soldiers to attract customers into their father's stall selling national flags ahead of country's 69th Independence Day in Islamabad. — AP
Children hold toy guns and dress as army soldiers to attract customers into their father's stall selling national flags ahead of country's 69th Independence Day in Islamabad. — AP
Youngsters wear masks painted in the design of the national flag. — AP
Youngsters wear masks painted in the design of the national flag. — AP
People celebrate the country's upcoming 69th Independence Day in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. — AP
People celebrate the country's upcoming 69th Independence Day in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. — AP
People watch a fireworks display marking Independence Day in Islamabad on August 13, 2015.  — AFP
People watch a fireworks display marking Independence Day in Islamabad on August 13, 2015. — AFP
People gather near a national flag during a ceremony to celebrate the country's 69th Independence Day at the mausoleum of Muhammad Ali Jinnah in Karachi, Pakistan, August 14, 2015.  — Reuters
People gather near a national flag during a ceremony to celebrate the country's 69th Independence Day at the mausoleum of Muhammad Ali Jinnah in Karachi, Pakistan, August 14, 2015. — Reuters
People holding national flag at Minar e Pakistan in connection to Independence Day, in Lahore.— Online
People holding national flag at Minar e Pakistan in connection to Independence Day, in Lahore.— Online

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weq Aug 14, 2015 04:04pm

69th dependence day on the West.

Zahid Khan Aug 14, 2015 04:07pm

LONG LIVE OUR BELOVED PAKISTAN !!!!!

Taimoor Khan Aug 14, 2015 04:13pm

Perfect!

ConcernedPakistani Aug 14, 2015 05:04pm

Long Live Pakistan!

Talal Aug 14, 2015 05:19pm

68th or 69th??

s chatterjee Aug 14, 2015 05:20pm

Good luck to all the citizens of Pakistan but simultaneously I feel if India and Pakistan would have been united, all the 'evil' powers/countries would have given much much respect us. Now they have been playing their own game. Sacrifice of citizens of undivided India cannot go as waste as I firmly believe one day at least we will live again like a family. My father as freedom fighter ( he was MBBS student of Calcutta) like many such as Subhash Chandra Bose, Abul Kalam Azad & others desired to see an united country. Hope may not be geographically but mentally we will be united.

Intesar Aug 14, 2015 05:35pm

@Talal 68 years of independence, 69th independence day :-)

dawn Aug 14, 2015 05:37pm

Congratulation.

Jay Aug 14, 2015 05:52pm

Every year Independence day should have a theme of the day. For example, cleaning up the country or planting flowers, or feeding poor, or local sports events, etc. All prominent figures of the country should participate in the activities to encourage the public to participate and create awareness. People should volunteer in cleaning up their homes, streets and public buildings.

Harmony-1 Aug 14, 2015 05:58pm

@Jay - Nicely said!

Ram Aug 14, 2015 06:32pm

Azadi Mubarak, best wishes from India

Realist Aug 14, 2015 06:33pm

69 years of Indo Pak rivalry !

ASAD KAHN Aug 14, 2015 06:35pm

MANY MANY HAPPY 69th INDEPENDENCE DAY to all the GREAT PAKISTANIS out there .

Zack khan Aug 14, 2015 07:01pm

Are we independent...do we even know our rights!

Isn't families ruling Pakistan for years a colonialism!!!

Are we really free!!!!

Are we allowed to equal opportunity without race and religion and caste...!!!!

Vivek Atodaria Aug 14, 2015 07:02pm

My best wishes to all Citizens of Pakistan on their Independence Day! I wish Pakistan sees a new era of economic prosperity with the hard work of it's Citizens.

qaiser Aug 14, 2015 07:19pm

It feels different this year..

narvinnie Aug 14, 2015 07:42pm

All my Pakistani friends congratulations to all of you on the 69th independence day. Lets all make a pledge today to move Pakistan towards modernization and betterment of general public where women have rights to get education and stand behind their men to bring prosperity to the families and to the nation.

sana-1 Aug 14, 2015 07:45pm

Happy independence day Pakistan!

It was indeed a great day, looks like Eid to me...

SRIDHAR RAGHUNATHA RAO Aug 14, 2015 09:01pm

My very best wishes to people of Pakistan on this eve of 69th Independence day. Let God bestow all prosperity, progress and peace to all citizens of Pakistan

Zak Aug 14, 2015 09:02pm

Pakistan - in nation years, you are but a teenager in the comity of nations. But you have grown strong in power and will. You have matured to levels way beyond your years. No one can brow beat you, Infact you come to assit other weaker friends. Great heights and achievements await you. Stay true to your founding father, stay true to your religion, stay true to your power and principles- for the best years are yet to come.

Pakistan Zindabad, Pakistan Payendabad.

Fareed Mahmood USA Aug 14, 2015 09:35pm

I have never been to Pakistan and looking at the pictures was totally surprized as to how beautiful this land is. My advice to all Pakistanis is that they should stop hating each other and concentrate in developing this gorgeous country. You guys have braun and brains and you can do it, Inshallah

Sanjoy Sankar Guha Aug 14, 2015 10:00pm

To all Pakistani brothers and sisters - A Very Memorable Independence Day ! May your nation see much peace, prosperity, development and happiness in the days to come !

nj01 Aug 14, 2015 10:17pm

Happy Independence day to all Pakistani friends, brothers and sisters!! From India-

Zak Aug 14, 2015 10:32pm

@s chatterjee india itself is not United. That is understandable, as a Sikh , Tamil, Gujarati have nothing in common. Had there been more countries independent from India. There would have been peace by now.

Zak Aug 14, 2015 10:33pm

@Realist 69 years of Indian occupation of Kashmir.

Zak Aug 14, 2015 10:34pm

@Zack khan you are talking of India, they have caste system.

Dr.Cajetan Coelho Aug 14, 2015 10:44pm

Happy Independence Day. Wishing all Pakistanis peace and prosperity. God bless.

Ami Aug 14, 2015 11:10pm

Happy independence day Pakistan!wish your peace and prosperity .long live Pakistan.

VivekR Aug 14, 2015 11:30pm

@Zak There is fundamental difference in out look. Indians look at each other as Indians first. At second level, there is language, region, religion etc. You are missing the big picture. For a country of India's size, the religious clashes are few.

Arslan Aug 14, 2015 11:59pm

For a young nation with hardly any resources at birth to becoming a nuclear power and a battle hardened Army and Airforce that's respected world over is no small thing. This is against all odds, three wars, a permanent hostile neighbour and besides the internal issues. Analysts worldwide are truly baffled!

AYZA Aug 15, 2015 12:40am

Nice memorable pics of a patriotic nation dawn.com : )

PAK Sar Zameen ZINDABAD * ) HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY to our beloved Pakistan and to all our armed forces!!! Inshallah, may our nation stay strong, stay blessed with many happy returns brimming with peace and prosperity!

Ram T Aug 15, 2015 01:20am

@Arslan Happy Azadi day to all the people of Pakistan, a prosperous Pakistan is a benefit to India, GOOD LUCK

Liaquat Syed Aug 15, 2015 02:27am

Nobody can every defeat this great nation of great people, full of challenges around, but rising like no match.

adil Aug 15, 2015 02:39am

Freedom from what to being ruled by few? And do we have freedom? Really? Terrorism, feudalism, Military dictatorships, individual rights being taken away? If that is freedom then yes congratulations to all of us

waqar ali khan Aug 15, 2015 02:39am

There is more celebration in America than in Pakistan.

mahmood Aug 15, 2015 05:02am

One day there would be pics from Balochistan, FATA & KPK too inshallah

andy Aug 15, 2015 10:24am

Why is Pakistan's Independence day celebrated during night and not in the morning.

leo Aug 15, 2015 10:40am

@Intesar what? Come again?

Tabassum Aug 15, 2015 11:39am

it is 68th birthday of pakistan not 69 please correct me if i m wrong

nooru 52 Aug 15, 2015 12:01pm

I can't forget that time when we are celebrating Independence Day in school and our colony but that time was different and peaceful.

Muhammad Aug 15, 2015 04:00pm

@s chatterjee thank you and a very happy Independence Day to u too. I too yearn for the day when South Asia will be like EU or US and Canada where despite borders ppl can travel and work freely in each other's country

Muhammad Aug 15, 2015 04:02pm

Wishing every Pakistani as very happy Independence Day and a very special thanks to all Indians for wishing us. Wishing u guys a very happy Independence Day as well

Farrukh Aug 15, 2015 04:38pm

Most of Pakistani's and Indians celebrate this day with an impression that they got independence from Hindus or from Muslims. Hindus and Muslims got independence from Farangi oppression simultaneously. Religion is a separate thing!

Long Live Pakistan!

delta Aug 15, 2015 06:17pm

In Dawn it says Pak celebrates 69th and India celebrates its 68th independance day - Its said 14/15th Aug 1947 British Raj ended its rule - So which is correct Dawn?

Yensee Aug 15, 2015 06:26pm

@Zak, It would have been very unstable if it were a different countries. Unity in diversity is the best force in the world. I totally agree with @VIVEKR. Moving on... Happy Independence Day to all Pakistanis.!!

Have wonderful year ahead.

murali Aug 15, 2015 09:25pm

Happy birthday.. warm wishes from India

knickless cage Aug 15, 2015 10:58pm

@Arslan hardly any resources at birth? history 101 please.

Swaminathan S Aug 16, 2015 01:14am

@Muhammad That is the spirit, buddy. HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY to Pakistani people. May Pakistan and India become united in their war against poverty, disease and other common enemies. Even our Advaniji in an interview to India Today, long back, if I remember right ( and I see his forgiveness in advance if I am wrong) had talked about a federation of India and Pakistan. So what if your religion is Islam and I am a Hindu. All Gods are the same. Let us focus on being friends.

Vini Aug 16, 2015 11:08am

Just wondering why India is celebrating it's 68th Independence day, and Pakistan it's 69th ? Anyway wishing both the countries well.

Jayakumar Aug 16, 2015 12:02pm

Why president or PM of Pakistan is never shown hoisting flag on independence day or addressing the nation from a historic monument\symbol of freedom struggle, is there no such tradition ?

Aleeze Jahangir Aug 16, 2015 08:08pm

@s chatterjee Thanks for your words but we were two different nations,we are two different nations and we will be two different nations.

Aleeze Jahangir Aug 16, 2015 08:10pm

@narvinnie Thanks for your wishes. I also wish Indians a happy independence day and to be a safe country where women can move freely

Asma Jahangir Aug 16, 2015 08:18pm

Independence from What? from corruption,from poverty, from random killings, from poor public services, from poor infrastructure, from inefficient government? So independence from what and for whom in Pakistan? Does anyone of us feel independent?

kk Aug 17, 2015 02:44am

Looks like no women allowed fro celebrating ID.

Humera Aug 17, 2015 09:54am

Pakistan had a 68th Independence Day. why r we celebrating one year ahead?

Pratap Aug 17, 2015 10:33am

Independence day wishes to brothers & sisters of Pakistan - with love from India

Saujatri Aug 17, 2015 12:00pm

Hearty congratulations to all my Pakistani brother and sisters on Independence day!

rohit12 Aug 17, 2015 02:35pm

@Zak Happy Independence day! The beauty of India is in its diversity. Nobody has a pbl with each other other than a handful of irrationals. Tamil, Gujarati and all are happy to be united and called Indians. It was only the British rule of divide and rule. If that be the case, each and every clan, region needs to be divided - US black and white, families.

ChoohaBaghiar Aug 17, 2015 03:07pm

I notice that most Indians are wishing heartfelt Congratulations and prosperity, happiness to Pakistan in their comments but many Pakistanis like ZAK are spitting venom on Indians even on this bfull day.. Such commentators should be banned who hate others out of habit or mental disease.... LONG LIVE INDIA, LONG LIVE PAKISTAN... all Citizens be blessed with peace, happiness and prosperity