In pictures: Jubilant Pakistanis celebrate 73 years of independence

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Pakistanis of all ages, faiths and walks of life took to the streets on Friday to express their love for the country as it celebrated 73 years of independence.

The streets took on a festive green and white hue with buildings adorned with lights and other decorations in the national flag’s colours.

While children painted their faces green and wore an assortment of costume items, adults were not far behind, some wearing clothes mirroring the flag itself.

A vendor wearing a mask with the colours of Pakistan’s national flag holds other masks while waiting for customers at a market in Karachi on August 12, 2020, ahead of the country’s 74th Independence Day.  Photo by Asif Hassan/AFP
A vendor holds a Pakistani flag as he waits for customers beside his stall alongside a street in Islamabad on August 13, 2020, ahead of the country’s 74th Independence Day. — Photo by Aamir Qureshi/AFP
Motorists ride on a street decorated with Pakistani flags in Lahore on August 13, 2020, ahead of the country’s 74th Independence Day. — Photo by Arif Ali/AFP
A family rides in an auto-rickshaw decorated with Pakistani flags in Karachi on August 13, 2020, ahead of the country’s 74th Independence Day. — Photo by Asif Hassan/AFP
A woman takes a photograph of her daughter beside a model of the tomb of Mohammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan, alongside a street in Karachi on August 13, 2020, ahead of the country’s 74th Independence Day, which marks the end of British colonial rule, on August 14. — Photo by Asif Hassan/ AFP
A man wearing an outfit designed as the Pakistani national flag walks along with his children during the Independence Day celebrations in Karachi on August 14, 2020. — Photo by Asif Hassan/AFP
Pakistan Navy band musicians perform at the mausoleum of founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah during the Independence Day celebrations in Karachi on August 14, 2020. — Photo by Asif Hassan/AFP
Pakistani soldiers march to lay wreaths on the mausoleum of founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah during the Independence Day celebrations in Karachi on August 14, 2020. — Photo by Asif Hassan/AFP
A Pakistan Navy soldier stands at the mausoleum of founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah during the Independence Day celebrations in Karachi on August 14, 2020. — Photo by Asif Hassan/AFP
A Pakistan Navy officer salutes at the mausoleum of founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah during the Independence Day celebrations in Karachi on August 14, 2020. — Photo by Asif Hassan/AFP
A child wearing a colourful wig holds a Pakistani national flag during the Independence Day celebrations in Karachi on August 14, 2020. — Photo by Asif Hassan/AFP
People drive along a street with Pakistan’s national flags during Independence Day celebrations in Islamabad on August 14, 2020. — Photo by Aamir Qureshi/AFP
Men ride on a bike with a large flag of Pakistan along a street during Independence Day celebrations in Islamabad on August 14, 2020. — Photo by Aamir Qureshi/AFP
A family rides on a bike along a street during Pakistan’s Independence Day celebrations in Islamabad on August 14, 2020. — Photo by Aamir Qureshi/AFP
Children dressed in garments and face paint of the colours of Pakistan’s national flag ride on a bike with their father along a street during Pakistan’s Independence Day celebrations, in Quetta on August 14, 2020. — Photo by Banaras Khan/AFP
People wave Pakistan’s national flags during a rally to mark the country’s Independence Day, in Quetta on August 14, 2020. — Photo by Banaras Khan/AFP
A Sikh man dances during a rally to mark Pakistan’s Independence Day in Peshawar on August 14, 2020. — Photo by Abdul Majeed/AFP
Motorists ride on a street decorated with Pakistani flags and lights in Lahore on August 13, 2020, ahead of the country’s 74th Independence Day, which marks the end of British colonial rule, on August 14. — Photo by Arif Ali/AFP
People hold torch lights during Independence Day celebrations in Karachi on August 14, 2020, as Pakistan celebrates its 73 years of independence from British rule. — Photo by Rizwan Tabassum/AFP
People watch fireworks on a street during Independence Day celebrations in Karachi on August 14, 2020, as Pakistan celebrates its 73 years of independence from British rule. — Photo by Rizwan Tabassum/AFP

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