Pakistan is celebrating 75th Independence Day on Saturday, a day before India, too, marks its 74th year complete of freedom.
The india Independence Act, 1947, gave birth to two nation countries, India and Pakistan, on August 15 . Then, why is it that Pakistan celebrates its Independence Day on August 14, and not on August 15?
The act mentions august 15 as the independence day for both india and Pakistan .”as from 15 auguat 1947 two independent dominions shall be set up in india to be known respectively india and Pakistan.
multiple theories have been to answer the said question. Some of those are as follows:
Lord Mountbatten, the last Viceroy of British India and the first Governor-General of the Dominion of India, transferred the power of governance of Pakistan to its founder, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, in Karachi on August 14, 1947. Though Mountbatten mentioned August 15 as the date on which India and Pakistan would become independent nations, Pakistan adopted August 14 as its Independence Day as the transfer of power took place on that date. He reached Karachi on august 13and constituent assembly of Pakistan on august 14 . an speech mountbatten said “ tomorrow the government of the new dominion on Pakistan will rest in your hands .”
In June 1948, at a cabinet meeting chaired by Liaquat Ali Khan, the first Prime Minister of Pakistan, it was proposed that the country celebrate its Independence Day before India. The proposal was taken to Jinnah for his approval and the date was advanced to August 14.
It is argued that the intervening night of August 14 and 15, 1947, coincided with the 27th day of Ramadan, which is regarded as an auspicious day of the holy month.. August 14 was the last Friday of the month of ramzan in 1947. Hence, August 14 was taken as the day of independence
Indian Standard Time being 30 minutes ahead of the Pakistan Standard Time is also as a reason. Since India became a free country at 00:00 hours on August 15, the local time in Pakistan was 11:30pm on August 14, and hence the latter celebrates its independence on this date.