On the occasion of Pakistan’s Diamond Jubilee, take a look at the positive and impactful things that took place this Independence Day.
1. First Ever “Made in Pakistan” Electric Car was Launched on Pakistan’s Independence Day
First locally produced car was launched in Pakistan on Independence Day in Karachi. The NUR-E 75 car will be available for public pre-ordering starting in late 2024. Its cutting-edge battery pack is the product of research at the NED University of Engineering and Technology. Exports of the vehicle are also possible.
2. Employees of Ibex Donated PKR 1 Million to Balochistan Flood Relief from their Salaries
Ibex Pakistan, with a workforce of over 7,000 people, has promised to contribute a total of PKR 1 million to the relief efforts in Balochistan following the recent flooding. The campaign’s goals include both economic growth and the preservation of the country’s natural resources. Each worker will chip in at least PKR 75 (about US$20) in honor of the worthy cause. The IT industry’s growth and beneficial impact on the world is encouraging to observe.
3. Pride of Performance Award Was Announced for Arshad Nadeem, Nooh Dastagir Butt
According to the August 14 honors list, Commonwealth Games gold medalists Arshad Nadeem and Nooh Dastagir Butt will each receive the Pride of Performance award. In honor of Pakistan’s 75th birthday, a list of honorees was released. There have been several recent success stories for Pakistani athletes, like javelin thrower Arshad Nadeem and weightlifter Nooh Dastagir Butt. On Pakistan Day (March 23, 2023) there will be an Investiture Ceremony for these honors.
4. Anwar Maqsood’s ‘Saadhay 14 August’ Premiered in Karachi on Pakistan’s 75th Independence Day
On the 75th anniversary of Pakistan’s independence, the country was honored with a short film starring Anwar Maqsood. Saadhay 14 August, the third and final chapter of playwright Anwar Maqsood’s theatrical trilogy, had its world premiere in the city of lights on August 14 after a lengthy wait following the premiere of Sawa 14 August.
5. Pakistan Emerges as 24th Largest Economy in 75-Year Journey
According to the finance ministry report, since its founding in 1947, Pakistan’s economic structure has seen significant shifts, with the industrial and then the service sectors dominating the economy. At the time of the Pakistan’s independence in 1947:
- Out of the 921 factories in undivided India, only 34 were left to Pakistan.
- The economy’s nominal gross domestic product increased from $3 billion in 1950 to $383 billion in 2022.
- In 2022, GDP growth was 5.97 percent, over six times as high as the 1.8 percent seen in 1950.
- Per capita income jumped from $86 in 1950 to $1,798 in 2022.
- From 1950 to 2022, tax collections increased from Rs0.31bn to Rs6,126.1bn.
- In 1949–50, agriculture contributed 5.9% of GDP.
6. State Bank Unveiled Rs 75 Currency Note on Pakistan’s Independence Day
State Bank Pakistan revealed a commemorative Rs 75 note this Independence Day. Pakistan’s national mascot “Markhor” is featured at the backside of the new currency note. This memorable note consists of portraits of:
- Founder of Pakistan, Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah
- Pakistan’s National Poet, Allama Muhammad Iqbal
- Sir Syed Ahmed Khan
- Fatima Jinnah
7. Pakistan Captain Babar Azam is Named on Independence Day to Receive Sitara-e-Imtiaz
The 27-year-old Pakistan’s all-format Captain Babar Azam will be awarded Sitara-i-Imtiaz which is the third-highest civilian award in Pakistan. Babar Azam is one of the finest batters that are widely regarded in world cricket. He occupies the top position in one-day internationals and T20Is. Currently, he is also the only batsman in the top three ICC batting rankings.
8. Free Education Upto Graduation Announced by Punjab Government
On 14th August, Punjab Chief Minister Parvez Elahi announced free education at public schools, colleges, and universities till the graduation level.
Housing the flag at a ceremony held at the Lahore Fort, CM stated that the Punjab government wishes to extend access to education and thus will offer free education from matric till graduation.