Pakistani girls attend a ceremony at the mausoleum of founder of Pakistan, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, as national celebrates the Independence Day, in Karachi, Pakistan, Aug. 14, 2017. (EPA Photo)
More than 200 million Pakistanis marked the 70th anniversary of independence on Monday with the country facing challenges ranging from terrorism to political scandal to border tensions with both India and Afghanistan.
Celebrations began at the stroke of midnight with fireworks displays in major cities. A 31-gun salute was held in capital Islamabad and cities, towns and villages were decorated with green and white flags and posters of national heroes.
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