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In pictures: Pakistan marks Independence Day

There have been celebrations and ceremonies in Pakistan as it marks the 70th anniversary of its creation as a sovereign state.

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Image caption There were fireworks at midnight to mark the moment of partition from India at the end of British colonial rule in 1947
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Image caption Crowds watched as the Pakistani flag was hoisted at Wagah, the only functioning land border crossing with India. India marks its independence on Tuesday
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Image caption In Karachi, a ceremony was held at the mausoleum of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan
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Image caption The festivities come at a time of political upheaval in Pakistan, after Nawaz Sharif was ousted as prime minister by a court over corruption allegations
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Image caption His replacement, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, attended a 31-gun salute and flag-raising ceremony to mark the occasion. Islamabad staged an aerobatic display later on
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Image caption The partition of British India in 1947 into Hindu-majority India and Muslim-majority Pakistan was marked by one of the largest mass migrations in history and devastating bloodshed across all communities. It left a legacy of distrust between Pakistan and India, and unresolved conflict over Kashmir

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