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Independence Day of Pakistan 14 or 15 August?

It’s that month of the year again. Millions of Pakistanis celebrate the independence from British. But have you ever wondered why Pakistan and India celebrate independence on different days?

We all read in our textbooks that 14th of August is Pakistan’s Independence Day. But if we go a little deeper into the historical documents and facts there is quite an evidence that Pakistan actual independence day is August 15th.
Pakistan came into being after the approval of Indian independence act 1947 by Westminster parliament on July 18, 1947.

The clause:
“As from the fifteenth day of August, nineteen hundred and forty-seven, two independent Dominions shall be set up in India, to be known respectively as India and Pakistan.”

Independence Day
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A famous Pakistani historian Khursheed Kamal Aziz better known as K. K. Aziz wrote on page 180 of his book “MURDER OF HISTORY:

“The general impression, confirmed and reinforced by the official celebration of Independence, that Pakistan became free on 14th August is not correct. The Indian Independence Bill, which was introduced in the British Parliament on 4th July and which became law on 15th July, laid down that the two new Dominions of India and Pakistan shall become free at the midnight of 14-15 August.

“The power had to be personally transferred to the new countries by the Viceroy, who was the British King’s sole representative in India. Lord Mountbatten could not be present in person in Karachi and New Delhi at the same moment. Nor could he transfer power to India on the morning of 15th August and then rush to Karachi, because by that time, he would have become the Governor General of the new Indian Dominion.

“So the only practicable thing was for him to transfer power to Pakistan on 14th August when he was still the Viceroy of India. But that does not mean that Pakistan gained its independence on 14th August. The Indian Independence Act did not provide for it.”

Chaudhary Muhammad Ali the former Prime minister of Pakistan also wrote in his book ZAHOOR-E-PAKISTAN.

“Fifteenth August 1947 was the last Friday of Ramadan-ul-Mubarak, one of the holiest days in Islam. On that auspicious day, Quaid-i-Azam became the Governor-General of Pakistan and the cabinet was sworn in, the star-and-crescent flag was hoisted, and Pakistan emerged on the world map.

Jinnah’s 15th of August message to the nation on the inauguration of Pakistan broadcasting service:
“’It is with feelings of greatest happiness and emotion that I send you my greetings. August 15 is the birthday of the independent and sovereign state of Pakistan.'”

Independence day stamp

Material evidence is also available in this regard.
Postage stamp released in July 1948 also mentioned 15th of August as Pakistan’s Independence Day.

This month we are celebrating the 71st anniversary of Pakistan but still confused about the date of Independence it’s the result of the distortion of history which has been taking place in Pakistan since its emergence on the world map.



Written by: Iftikhar Younis Peerzada

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