Pakistan's Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General QamarJaved Bajwa hoisted the largest national flag at Wagah Border on the eve of the country's 70th independence anniversary.
The flag was hoisted on a 400-feet pole at midnight. The size of the flag is 120 feet by 80 feet. The flag is the highest one in South Asia and the eighth highest in the world. The hoisting ceremony was followed by grand fireworks display and an address by Gen Bajwa. "Some 77 years ago, Pakistan resolution was passed in Lahore. Pakistan came into being on the night of 27th Ramazan...it was a blessed night.
In his speech, Gen Bajwa acknowledged Pakistan's "internal and external challenges." On Monday, the Pakistan Air Force will stage its largest-ever show in Islamabad which will feature aerobatic teams from Turkey and Saudi Arabia, reports Dawn. Flag hoisting ceremonies will be held in the provincial capitals and district headquarters, and change of guard ceremonies at Mazar-i-Quaid (Jinnah's tomb) and Mazar-i-Iqbal (Mohammad Iqbal's tomb). The main ceremony of Independence Day will be held at Islamabad's Convention Centre, where the President and Prime Minister will hoist the national flag.