Sep 3, 2012

Pakistan independence day

Pakistani Rangers (black) and Indian Border Security Force personnel (brown) perform the flag off ceremony at India-Pakistan Wagah Border Post on Aug. 14. Pakistan celebrates Independence Day on August 14 and India on August 15.
The partition of India took place in 1947, ending 350 years of British rule and forming the self-governing countries of Pakistan and India. The Indian Independence Act was decided for Aug. 15, but Pakistan came into existence one day earlier on Aug. 14 so the British viceroy, Lord (Louis) Mountbatten, could attend both ceremonies in the two newly formed countries. Compiled here are images from this week's Independence Day celebrations and a slice of daily life from the two countries in the past few weeks. (Narinder Nanu/AFP/Getty Images)
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