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August 15, 2012

Independence days: Pakistan and India celebrate their 65th

The partition of India took place in 1947, ending 350 years of British rule and forming the self-governing countries of Pakistan and India. The Indian Independence Act was decided for Aug. 15, but Pakistan came into existence one day earlier on Aug. 14 so the British viceroy, Lord (Louis) Mountbatten, could attend both ceremonies in the two newly formed countries. Compiled here are images from this week's Independence Day celebrations and a slice of daily life from the two countries in the past few weeks. -- Lloyd Young (36 photos total)

Pakistani Rangers (black) and Indian Border Security Force personnel (brown) perform the flag off ceremony at India-Pakistan Wagah Border Post on Aug. 14. Pakistan celebrates Independence Day on August 14 and India on August 15. (Narinder Nanu/AFP/Getty Images)

Pakistani students visit the mausoleum of Mohammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan to mark Independence Day in Karachi, Pakistan on Aug. 14. Pakistan. (Shakil Adil/Associated Press) #

A college girl gets her eye painted in tri-colours of India's national flag on the eve of the country's Independence Day celebrations in the northern Indian city of Chandigarh. (Ajay Verma/Reuters) #

A Pakistani folk artist performs to celebrate Independence Day in Quetta, Pakistan on Aug. 14. (Arshad Butt/Associated Press) #

Indian army soldiers demonstrate a martial art technique on the occasion of anniversary of India's independence from British rule in Bangalore, India on Aug. 15. (Aijaz Rahi/AP) #

Female students perform during a ceremony to mark the country's Independence Day at the mausoleum of the Father of the Nation, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, in Karachi on Aug. 14. (Athar Hussain/Reuters) #

Schoolchildren take part in the Independence Day celebrations in front of the historic Red Fort, where Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is to address the nation in Delhi on Aug. 15. Singh forecast economic growth of more than 6.5 percent for this fiscal year on Wednesday, a more optimistic take than a recent spate of private projections that saw growth slowing to as low as 5.5 percent. (Adnan Abidi/Reuters) #

A boy sells Pakistan's national flags at a market ahead of Pakistan's Independence Day in Lahore on Aug. 13. (Mohsin Raza/Reuters) #

A young boy looks at the Indian flags on display at a shop in Jammu, India on Aug. 14. India celebrates its 1947 independence from British colonial rule on Aug. 15. (Channi Anand/AP) #

Female Pakistani Navy cadets stand in formation at the mausoleum of the founder of Pakistan Muhammad Ali Jinnah during a ceremony to mark the country’s Independence Day in Karachi on Aug. 14, 2012. Pakistan on August 14 celebrated its 65th anniversary of the country's independence from British rule. (Asif Hassan/AFP/Getty Images) #

Jammu and Kashmir Police (JKP) march during celebrations marking India's Independence Day at The Bakshi Stadium in Srinagar on Aug. 15. (Tauseef Mustafa/AFP/Getty Images) #

Pakistani Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf (center) waves while surrounded by youths during a ceremony to mark the country’s Independence Day in Islamabad on Aug. 14. (Aamir Qureshi/AFP/Getty Images) #

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh speaks from the rampart of 17th century Red Fort on the occasion of 65th anniversary of India's independence from British rule in New Delhi, India on Aug. 15. India's national security is at risk if urgent steps are not taken to boost economic growth and attract new investment in infrastructure, Singh said Wednesday. (Manish Swarup/AP) #

Pakistani youth on a motorcycle perform street stunts on the country's Independence Day in Islamabad. (Farooq Naeem/AFP/Getty Images) #

An Indian cadet from the National Cadet Corps gestures towards her colleague on the occasion of 65th anniversary of India's independence from British rule in Srinagar, India on Aug. 15. (Mukhtar Khan/AP) #

Rose petals lie scattered in front of Indian fishermen waiting in line at a prison in Karachi on Aug. 15. Pakistan today freed 55 Indian fishermen, who were imprisoned for illegally venturing into the country's territorial waters, from a jail in Karachi, as a gesture of goodwill on the occasion of India's Independence Day, a prison official said. (Akhtar Soomro/Reuters) #

An Indian boy flies a kite from his rooftop, a common activity while celebrating Independence Day in New Delhi, India on Aug. 15. (Kevin Frayer/AP) #

Pakistani youths release lamps in the air on a street in Islamabad on Aug. 13 ahead of the country's Independence Day. (Aamir Qureshi/AFP/Getty Images) #

Indian school girls perform on the occasion of the 65th anniversary of India's independence from British rule in Kolkata, India on Aug. 15. (Bikas Das/AP) #

A boy reads the Koran at a mosque during the holy fasting month of Ramadan in Karachi on Aug. 11. (Athar Hussain/Reuters) #

A child looks on while Kashmiri Muslims pray as an unseen custodian displays a holy relic, believed to be a hair from the beard of Prophet Muhammad, at Kashmir's main Hazratbal Shrine during the third Friday of Ramadan in Srinagar on Aug. 10. The display of the relic coincided with the the martyrdom anniversary of Hazrat Ali, the son in law Muhammad, and the fourth calphate of Islam. (Tauseef Mustafa/AFP/Getty Images) #

Pakistani Shiite Muslims march during a procession in Lahore on Aug. 10. Shiite Muslims observe the death anniversary of Imam Hazrath Ali with great fervour and religious spirit on the 21st day of Ramadan every year. (Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images) #

Devotees form a human pyramid to break the "Dahi handi," an earthen pot filled with curd, an integral part of celebrations to mark Janmashtami in Mumbai, India on Aug 10. Janmashtami is the festival that marks the birth of Hindu God Krishna. (Rafiq Maqbool/AP) #

Waseem Abbas (right) of Pakistan celebrates after a goal against South Africa during the men's field hockey preliminary round match between South Arica and Pakistan at the Riverbank Arena in London on Aug. 5 during the London 2012 Olympic Games. (Indranil Mukherjee/AFP/Getty Images) #

Indian badminton player Saina Nehwal poses with the Olympic bronze medal in Hyderabad on Aug. 7. Nehwal became the first Indian badminton player to earn an Olympic medal when world number one Wang Xin retired in tears from their bronze medal play-off. (Noah Seelam/AFP/Getty Images) #

A man hangs decorations used to accessorize vehicles on display along a roadside on the outskirts of Quetta Aug. 4. (Naseer Ahmed/Reuters) #

A man works at an iron scrap yard at an industrial area in the southern Indian city of Chennai on Aug. 9. (Babu/Reuters) #

A goalkeeper practises stopping a shot before the start of a soccer match in Karachi's slum on Aug. 5. (Akhtar Soomro/Reuters) #

Boys play soccer on Marina beach in the southern Indian city of Chennai on Aug. 4. (Babu/Reuters) #

A broker sits on a couch as he monitors share prices during a trading session at the Karachi Stock Exchange on Aug. 13. Pakistan's main stock market rallied on Monday to close at a four-year high as investors cheered the central bank's decision to cut its key policy rate, analysts said. (Akhtar Soomro/Reuters) #

An employee works inside the power cable testing laboratory for insulation at the Kei Industries, one of India's leading electrical equipment manufacturers at the industrial estate of Bhiwadi, in the western Indian state of Rajasthan on Aug. 6. Kei sells high tension transmission cables to the national grid, which has been rapidly modernizing in recent years with the help of billions of dollars of loans from the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank. (B Mathur/Reuters) #

Indian Border Security Force (BSF) soldiers stand guard along fencing near the India-Pakistan Chachwal border outpost some 65 km north from the North-Easter Indian city of Jammu on Aug. 2. Indian authorities are investigating the nature of a tunnel believed to cross into Pakistan as border forces are on constant guard against infiltration attempts by Pakistani militant groups that target India. The India-Pakistan border dividing the two countries that have fought 3 wars since 1947 is one of the most militarized areas of world. (AFP/Getty Images) #

Indian yoga guru Baba Ramdev waves out of the window of a bus after he was detained with his supporters by policemen in New Delhi, India on Aug. 13. Waving Indian flags and shouting slogans, the protesters climbed into a row of police buses parked around the sprawling New Delhi fairground that Ramdev and his supporters had occupied for the past four days. (Saurabh Das/AP) #

Pakistani fruit vendor Suhail Reza uses a lamp to light his cart on the side of a dark street as he waits for customers on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan. Pakistani officials who have failed for years to fix the country's rampant energy shortages have latched on to a local engineer's dubious claim to have invented a water-fueled car, sparking criticism from experts who bemoan what the episode says about the state of the government. (Muhammed Muheisen/AP) #

An Indian Sikh devotee offers prayers at the Golden Temple, Sikh's holiest shrine in Amritsar, India on Aug. 6. Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said Monday that he was shocked and saddened by the shooting attack that killed six people at a Sikh house of worship in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. (Sanjeev Syal/AP) #

Pakistani and Indian revellers hold up candles and Indo-Pak joint national flags near the border gate during a vigil marking their respective countries' Independence Days at the India-Pakistan border in Wagah late on Aug. 14. Pakistan celebrated Independence Day on Aug. 14 and India on the 15th. #