To begin with,
Dear Quaid-e-Azam -although you fought the Independence lawsuit more than half-a-century ago, your courage, your sacrifice and your patriotism reaches through the decades to inspire us even today.
August 14, 1947 is the day engraved in gold in the history of Pakistan.
It is the day when Pakistan attained its freedom from the clutches of a century old slavery of over 200 years of the British Rule. It was a long and hard struggle and many people laid their lives for our beloved motherland.
With it, world witnessed the largest migration in the human history, so far. Muslims from all over the India left their home, businesses, wealth, land etc and migrate to Pakistan. Thousands of them lost their lives during the migration. Many families had been shattered. People in Pakistan welcome them with love and happiness.
The struggle for Independence was such a moving force that it united people belonging to different castes, classes and beliefs into a single nation. Women, the pioneer being Fatima Jinnah, also came out of their houses and significantly contributed to the freedom struggle.
The Constituent Assembly of Pakistan met on the 11th of August 1947 and approved it when Liaquat Ali Khan, presented the National Flag to the Constituent Assembly. In the course of his speech on the occasion, Mr. Liaquat Ali Khan observed:
“Mr. President, the flag, it will be noticed, is not the flag of any one political party or any one community. The flag is the flag of Pakistani nation, of the Pakistan State, which has to come into existence on the 14th of August, 1947. It can say without any fear of contradiction that this flag which I have honor to present to this House, will stand for freedom, liberty and equality for those who owe allegiance to this Flag of Pakistan. Mr. President, this flag will be a flag of freedom not only for the people of Pakistan; this flag will be an emblem of peace and help in maintaining peace throughout the world.”
The National Flag of Pakistan is dark green in color with a white vertical bar, a white crescent in the center and a five-pointed star. The significance of the color and symbols used in the Pakistan Flag is as follows:
- The white and dark green field represents peace and prosperity.
- The crescent on the Flag represents progress.
- The five-rayed star represents light and knowledge.
At midnight when the whole world was sleeping Pakistan rose up as a one nation promising peace, prosperity, equality and liberty.
Since then, Independence Day is traditionally celebrated with great zeal, fervor and great excitement. Every particle and pollen in the air seems to be charged with the love of the motherland on this particular day. One can see small children carrying small Green/White-colors in their hands running with patriotic fever towards their schools early in the morning for flag hoisting ceremonies in the schools. Every vehicle, tempo, auto rickshaw, has a green/white-color flying on a top of it. Songs full of patriotism can be heard at every street corner.
The day is celebrated with great fervor and people pay homage to the thousands of lives laid down by great men and women, they remember the countless sacrifices made and they glorify the great Pakistan tradition and culture with which we have enriched the world.
Independence Day, thus, is an important day in the life of every Pakistan. Year after year, it reminds us of the great sacrifice and struggle made by our freedom fighters to create Pakistan. It reminds us of the great ideals which were the foundation of the dream of a free Pakistan, envisioned and realized by the founding fathers.
It also reminds us that our forefathers have done their share of duty. It lies in our hands now how do we shape and form the future of our country. They have done their parts and have done it really well. The country now looks up to us so that we may do our part now.