The nation remembered the founding father, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, and other prominent leaders on the occasion. Special prayers were offered for a prosperous future of the nation. A public holiday was declared throughout the nation.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif attended the flag-hoisting ceremony at the Convention Center in Islamabad as the chief guest. He was to address the nation following the event.
Flag-hoisting ceremonies were also held at the provincial capitals and district headquarters besides important institutions across the nation.
Pakistan's neighbour India will celebrate its independence on Thursday, August 15. The two nations were declared as separate entities in 1947 and have shared a difficult relation over the last 66 years.