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Pakistan cancels Independence day celebrations

world Updated: Aug 13, 2010 21:16 IST

Pakistan cancelled all celebrations of its Independence day, being observed on August 14, over the worst floods that has claimed over a thousand lives in the country, officials said on Friday.

President Asif Ali Zardari has cancelled August 14 function at Presidency and will spend the day in the northwest Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa and eastern Punjab provinces, presidential spokesman Farhatullah Babar said.

Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani also cancelled function at the Prime Minister house, his office said.

The Army has cancelled Defence day celebrations on September 6th as well.

All the money will be spent in relief activities for the floods-hit people, an Army statement said.

Floods have killed some 1160 people and affected nearly 20 million others, the UN and Pakistani officials say.