Happy Pakistan Independence Day!
Pakistan celebrated its 70th birthday this year on Aug. 14. Before Pakistan came into existence the area was called the Subcontinent. India, Pakistan and Bangladesh were one nation. The British rule over the Subcontinent prolonged for about 200 years from 1756 to 1947. During pre-independence talks in 1946, the British government found that the point of view of the Muslims League of separation and that of the Congress in the unity of India was irreconcilable. The British then decided on partition and on Aug. 14, 1947, granted independence to Pakistan. India gained its independence the next day. They both became independent dominions within the Commonwealth of Nations. Pakistan came into existence into two parts: West Pakistan and East Pakistan. 8.5 million people were migrated. It was the world’s biggest migration.
Our Pakistan Sisters – Maria and Nasreen Daniel and Samina Iqbal – plan to celebrate Pakistan Independence Day Aug. 21 with their Sewing Circle and Adult Literacy Class LWEP (Loretto Empowering Women of Pakistan). They ask all to keep them and Pakistan in our prayers.