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Pakistan celebrates independence

Sunday, August 14, 2011 - 01:30

Pakistanis mark their independence from Britain as the prime minister asserts the nation's commitment to fighting terrorism. Lindsey Parietti reports.

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Pakistan celebrates the 64th anniversary of its independence from Britain. An official ceremony in the capital included traditional song and dance. But the mood was not all festive. During his address to the nation, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani spoke of uniting to fight terrorism. (SOUNDBITE) (Urdu) PAKISTANI PRIME MINISTER, SYED YOUSAF RAZA GILANI, SAYING: "Pakistan is faced by the challenge of terrorism. The entire nation is united against it. All political leaders and the people stand united with the government to fight the war against terrorism. Pakistan military officials, soldiers, police, paramilitary and other law enforcement agencies' personnel, along with civil societies and the administration, are playing a commendable role to end terrorism." In Karachi, officials gathered at the tomb of the nation's founder, Mohammed Ali Jinnah. The country faces increased militant attacks in the wake of the killing of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. Pakistan has come under fire from ally the US, and others, for not doing enough to combat Taliban strongholds within the country. Lindsey Parietti, Reuters

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Pakistan celebrates independence

Sunday, August 14, 2011 - 01:30