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The president and caretaker prime minister waved the national flag, after which the former delivered a speech.

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There were gun salutes in Pakistan's national and provincial capitals, Dawn reported.

Earlier, Rehman, along with acting Governor Agha Siraj Durani, performed the flag hoisting ceremony at the mazar and received Independence Day felicitation from the diplomats of different countries and civil society who attended the celebrations at the mausoleum.

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Bollywood actor Ranveer Singh, who will be seen in upcoming films like Gully Boy, 83 and Takht, hoisted the Indian flag with school children and noted that our young nation is the very future of the world.

Terming Pakistan as an "exception blessing" of God, he said the objective behind the formation of the country was to free humans from the slavery of other humans so they could live their lives freely without fear of exploitation. General Shahid Mehmood was the Chief Guest on the occasion who laid floral wreath over national poet s grave, on behalf of Army Chief, General Qamar Javed Bajwa.

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"The economic problems being faced by Pakistan and the complex issues confronting it can only be overcome if we follow the teachings of the Quaid-e-Azam [Muhammad Ali Jinnah] and Allama Iqbal [Muhammad Iqbal] in their true spirit", Hussain said in a message for his compatriots. The Chief Guest and smartly turned out cadets of Pakistan Navy presented Qaumi Salam to the Father of the Nation, Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.

The recent election had strengthened the democratic norms in Pakistan with the third successive peaceful transfer of power, he said. A united resolve would pave the way for Pakistan to become a "great nation", he said.

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