“Google doodle” joins ranks of Pakistan Independence Day celebrations

Pakistan gets one of the 21st century’s ultimate anniversary markers: a customized homepage on the Google search engine for August 14 when it celebrates its independence from the British Empire on August 14, 1947. (Photo: screen-grab of Google homepage)
Updated 15 August 2019
0

“Google doodle” joins ranks of Pakistan Independence Day celebrations

  • August 14 doodle shows historic Khyber Pass of Peshawar, a mountain road once a glory of the British empire 
  • Google has in the past dedicated doodles to legendary musician Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, philanthropist Edhi and others

ISLAMABAD: This year, aside from the swag of official events to mark 72 years of Pakistan’s inception, the country also got one of the 21st century’s ultimate anniversary markers: a customized homepage on the Google search engine.
Pakistan celebrates its independence day on August 14 each year to mark when Britain divided its Indian empire into Muslim Pakistan and mainly Hindu India in 1947.
The August 14 doodle shows the historic Khyber Pass of Peshawar, a tortuous mountain road that was once a glory of the British empire and remains a legend of high adventure.
This is not the first time that Google has featured a doodle for a Pakistani event or milestone. In the recent past, doodles have been dedicated to the birthdays of legendary musician Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, philanthropist Abdul Sattar Edhi, the king of the ghazal form Mehdi Hassan, and Pakistan’s most prominent and prolific artist, Syed Sadequain Ahmed Naqvi.
 


Pakistan’s government and people condemn attacks on Saudi oil facilities

Updated 15 September 2019
0

Pakistan’s government and people condemn attacks on Saudi oil facilities

  • High level members of political parties call on world community to stand with Saudi Arabia during attacks on its sovereignty
  • Pakistan’s has strong people-to-people ties with Saudi Arabia, with public sentiment one of shock and horror

ISLAMABAD: Sentiment and support for Saudi Arabia remained high in Pakistan, a day after attacks on two Saudi oil facilities in the kingdom’s Eastern province caused widespread fear and damage, and which official statements in Pakistan described as acts of sabotage.
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz Chairman, Raja Zafarul Haq, told Arab News on Saturday that the country was ready to safeguard Saudi Arabia’s security and sovereignty.
“Pakistan is ready to take any step for the safety and security of the Kingdom,” he said and added that countries who “claim to be friends of Saudi Arabia should stand by it” to stop such attacks on its sovereignty. 
Latif Khosa, former governor of Punjab province and a central leader of Pakistan Peoples Party, shared the same views, and urged world powers to come out in support of Saudi Arabia.
“World powers should support Saudis against such militant groups,” he said.
In Pakistan, a Muslim majority country of 208 million people with close political and people-to-people ties with Saudi Arabia, the sentiment from the general public was one of shock and horror. 
“We condemn the attack on Saudi Arabia,” said 38-year-old Asif Ali, a technician. “It’s our holy land and must be defended by the entire Muslim Ummah at all costs.”
“This attack is highly condemnable. The Saudi oil company must be protected and the world community should help eliminate such militants,” a telecom professional, Ammar Hyder, 40, told Arab News.
The country’s foreign ministry said in an official statement on Saturday that the country “reiterates its full support and solidarity with the brotherly Kingdom of Saudi Arabia against any threat to its security and territorial integrity.”