Google celebrates Pakistan Independence Day with doodle

ISLAMABAD: 14, AUGUST, 2021: The tech giant Google, has honoured the Pakistani nation on 74th Independence Day of Pakistan by dedicating a doodle on its homepage. 

The tech giant said, "Seventy-four years ago today, Pakistan achieved independence. Today’s Doodle celebrates Pakistan Independence Day, a public holiday commemorating the day on which the nation became a sovereign republic." 

"Pakistanis across the subcontinent join to celebrate their freedom and honor the centuries of history that comprise its cultural foundation."

This is not the first time that Google has featured a doodle for any Pakistani event, last year on 14th August as well, Google dedicated its doodle to celebrate Pakistan’s Independence Day.

In honor of this historic day, today’s Doodle artwork depicts the medieval Derawar Fort, a massive square edifice with a symmetrical perimeter of 40 massive circular bastions built in the 9th century. Located in the vast expanse of western Pakistan’s Cholistan Desert, each of these ancient stone fortresses rises nearly 100 feet from the sand and comprise an imposing symbol of Pakistani adaptability and antiquity.

The Mughal-style forts once facilitated trade and transportation in a largely inhospitable environment. The forts served as critical infrastructure for both the protection and nourishment of desert caravans on their journeys across Central Asia to the Indian subcontinent.

In 2019, the provincial Pakistani government announced a conservation initiative to protect this landmark from being lost to the sands of time.

The nation is celebrating 74th Independence Day today (Saturday) with renewed resolve to work with the spirit of Pakistan Movement to make the country a true Islamic welfare state. In connection with the celebrations of Independence Day, events will be held across the country.

It is a public holiday. The day dawned with 31 gun salutes in the Federal Capital and 21 gun salutes in the provincial headquarters.

In the beginning of the Day, special prayers were offered in the mosques for peace, solidarity, security, progress and prosperity of Pakistan and well-being of the people.

A change of guard ceremony was held at the Quaid’s mausoleum in Karachi and Iqbal’s mausoleum in Lahore, where cadets of Pakistan Navy took charge of their duties.  National flag is being hoisted at all important public and private buildings and the main feature of the celebrations will be a national flag hoisting ceremony at President House Islamabad, on this occasion, President Dr. Arif Alvi will be the chief guest.

Similar flag hoisting ceremonies will also be held at provincial, divisional and district headquarters level throughout the country. 

Public and private buildings as well as streets, bazaars and markets have been profusely illuminated. National flags, buntings, portraits of founding fathers, posters and banners are also seen everywhere as part of the celebration of Independence Day.

Radio Pakistan has also prepared comprehensive programmes related to Independence Day. (04)

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