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Islamabad, Pakistan on Friday celebrated the 68th anniversary of independence.
The celebrations kicked-off with 31 gun salutes in the federal and 21 gun salutes in the provincial capitals, Radio Pakistan reported.

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The main ceremony was held at Islamabad’s Convention Centre.President Mamnoon Hussain, who was the chief guest on the occasion, along with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif hoisted the national flag, Geo News reported.
Change of guard ceremonies were also held at mausoleums of Pakistan’s founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah and Allama Muhammad Iqbal.
Flag hoisting ceremonies were also held at the provincial capitals and district headquarters besides other important national institutions.
A host of events, including seminars, conferences, lectures, debates, speech contests, exhibitions, quiz competitions and stage dramas have been arranged by different organisations all across the country.
Meanwhile, all major public and private buildings, roads and avenues have been illuminated and decorated with national flags, portraits of the national leaders and banners.

(IANS)

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Mother Convicted of Forcing Daughter to Marry

A British court has convicted a mother of forcing her daughter to marry a relative almost twice her age in Pakistan, in a first successful prosecution of its type in England.

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A British court has convicted a mother of forcing her daughter to marry a relative almost twice her age in Pakistan, in a first successful prosecution of its type in England.

A jury at Birmingham Crown Court on Tuesday convicted the mother of four of duping her then 17-year-old daughter into travelling to Pakistan on the pretext of a family holiday in 2016 and forcing her to marry there, the BBC reported.

The mother was found guilty of two counts of forced marriage and was scheduled to be sentenced.

The court heard the girl had been entered into a “marriage contract” with the man years before in Pakistan and became pregnant at 13. The victim had an abortion on returning to the UK, with her doctor reporting his concerns to social services.

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Prosecutors said the girl’s mother told them that her daughter and the man were just “two teenagers who had sneakily had sex” after she was referred, the BBC said.

The girl was tricked into travelling to Pakistan again in September 2016 and was forced by her mother to sign marriage papers.

When the daughter protested against the marriage, her mother threatened to burn her passport and assaulted her.

The mother was also convicted of perjury after she lied about the incident in the High Court.

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It is the first time a forced marriage case of this kind has been successfully prosecuted in an English court. Prosecutions for forced marriage, which became an offense in 2014, are rare. (IANS)

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