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Pakistan celebrates Independence Day as tensions with India remain high

Pakistan celebrated its 73rd Independence Day on Wednesday (August 14), with President Arif Alvi using an address to criticise India for its actions in the Kashmir region, one that is claimed by both countries.

The main flag hoisting ceremony was held in Islamabad, with President Arif Alvi as Chief Guest addressing the event by emphasizing the unflinching support to the Kashmiri people until they get the right to self-determination. He also warned India about any belligerent moves.

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan is later expected to travel to Muzaffarabad, capital of Azad Kashmir; the portion of the region that Pakistan controls, where he will address the state parliament.

On August 5, India revoked special status in its portion of Himalayan Kashmir, quelling widespread unrest by shutting down communication to the valley and clamping down on freedom of movement. Islamabad has retaliated by suspending bilateral trade and all public transport links with the country and expelling India’s ambassador.

(Production: PTV, Salahuddin, Sheree Sardar)

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