Hoisting the largest flag in its history at Attari-Wagah border near Lahore, Pakistan marked the 70th Independence Day on Monday.
Kicking off the festivities of the Independence Day across the country, Pakistan Army Chief Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa hoisted the flag at the border at 12 in the midnight.
The flag hoisted by Pakistan is reported to be the highest one in South Asia and 8th highest in the world. Made in Pakistan, the flag is 120-feet by 80-feet in size and 400-feet high.
“Some 77 years ago, Pakistan resolution was passed in the same city (Lahore). Pakistan came into being on the night of 27th Ramadan - it was a blessed night,” Gen. Bajwa said.
“Today, the country is progressing on the path of the law and the constitution. All institutions are working properly. We will make Pakistan the country of Quaid-e-Azam and Allama Iqbal,” he further added.
“We have rendered many sacrifices - we will never forget our martyrs. We will execute each and every terrorist in Pakistan. I want to tell our enemies, whether they are in the east or in the west, that your bullets will end but not the chests of our jawans [soldiers],” Bajwa said.
Acknowledging Pakistan’s internal and external challenges Gen. Bajwa said, “I assure you that we will never let you down. Any power that will aim to weaken Pakistan, the Army and all other institutions will foil their attempts.”
Other speakers also paid rich tributes to those killed during migration to Pakistan.
(With PTI inputs)