Pakistan marks sombre Independence Day

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Pakistan is holding sombre Independence celebrations today as the country’s worst-ever floods continue to plague the lives of millions.

Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani called off most of the festivities to show solidarity with the victims.

Some events linked to the Muslim festival of Ramadan have also been cancelled.

In a live TV address, Gilani assured those who had been left homeless that the government would do its utmost to help them recover from the disaster.

More floodwaters are set to hit southern Pakistan this weekend, which could scupper relief efforts.

At least 1,600 have died since the monsoon rains struck the country over the two weeks ago.

The UN estimates the lives of 14 million people
have been disrupted but Pakistan’s government puts that figure at closer to 20 million.

Pakistan achieved its independence from Britain in 1947.