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Residents celebrate Pakistan independence in Ilford Lane

PUBLISHED: 11:09 15 August 2017 | UPDATED: 11:20 15 August 2017

Celebrations in Ilford Lane as thousands of residents took to the streets to to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Pakistan’s Independence Day. (Credit: Ihtisham ul Haq)

Celebrations in Ilford Lane as thousands of residents took to the streets to to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Pakistan’s Independence Day. (Credit: Ihtisham ul Haq)

Ihtisham ul Haq

There were celebrations in Ilford Lane as thousands of residents took to the streets to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Pakistan’s Independence Day.

The street, famous for its Asian restaurants, shops and stalls has become the central meeting point every year for spontaneous celebrations in Redbridge.

Traders ensured their shopfronts were covered with the green and white national flag and lights and bunting of the same colour from the moment they opened their doors yesterday morning.

But it was after dark that the street came alive as hundreds of cars cruised up and down Ilford Lane.

Excited partygoers sang the national anthem, wrapped themselves in flags, set off fireworks and danced into the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Two new self-governing countries were effectively created in August 1947 when British partition resulted in the independence of Pakistan and India.

The dominion of Pakistan came into existence on August 14 with the ceremony to create the state of India held the following day – both countries had achieved independence from British rule after a struggle stretching back to the 19th century.

When British rule ended in 1947 and British India was separated into the independent states of India and Pakistan, the largest migration in human history took place along the Grand Trunk Road.

More than 14 million people attempted to cross the new borders with Hindus and Sikhs fleeing to India, while Muslims crossed into Pakistan.

People along Ilford Lane celebrating Pakistan Independence Day.People along Ilford Lane celebrating Pakistan Independence Day.

Vast refugee camps sprang up as people became homeless in their new country and violence was rife along the route.

The man who is considered to be the founding father of Pakistan is Muhammad Ali Jinnah.

His followers called him Quaid -e-Azam, which translates as great leader.

Similar celebrations will take place tonight as residents celebrate India’s Independence Day.

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