Irshad Salim — Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa hoisted the largest national flag in the history of Pakistan at India-Pakistan border near Lahore — capital of Punjab province, on the eve of Pakistan’s 70th independence day.
The flag, made entirely in Pakistan, was hoisted at the Wagah border on a 400-feet pole minutes after midnight. The size of the flag is said to be 120 feet wide and 80 feet in height.
DawnNews reported that the flag is the highest one in South Asia and the 8th highest in the world. The tallest flag of Pakistan was planned after India hoisted a flag at the height of 360 feet last year, according to media reports.
The flag was hoisted at a ceremony held to mark Pakistan’s 70th anniversary — on August 14 1947, the subcontinent was partitioned by the British Empire to create two nations of India and Pakistan.
The hoisting was followed by grand fireworks and an address by Gen Bajwa. “Some 77 years ago, Pakistan resolution was passed in the same city [Lahore]. Pakistan came into being on the night of 27th Ramafan — it was a blessed night,” said the army chief.
“Today, the country is progressing on the path of (rule of) law and the Constitution. All Institutions are working properly. We will make Pakistan the country of Quaid-e-Azam and Allama Iqbal,” said the General.
“We have rendered many sacrifices — we will never forget our martyrs. We will execute each and every terrorist in Pakistan. I want to tell our enemies, whether they are in the in east or west, that your bullets will end but not the chests of our jawans [soldiers].”
Acknowledging Pakistan’s “internal and external challenges”, the COAS said, “I assure you that we will never let you down. Any power that will aim to weaken Pakistan, the Pakistan Army and all other institutions will foil their attempts.”
On Sunday, the army chief reiterated his earlier statement that all institutions of the country need to work together in order to defeat terrorism for once and all. “Army will fight terrorists, society should fight extremism,” Gen Bajwa had said.
Last week Gen Bajwa said, Bajwa said “we were heading towards a Pakistan where supremacy of law would be second to none.”
“With full backing of the nation we are heading towards a normalized Pakistan where writ of state and supremacy of law would be second to none and where every Pakistani whether in cities, tribal or far flung areas will be able to play their positive and rightful part in Pakistan’s progress.”