While Pakistan's ties with Saudi Arabia and the Gulf are more concrete than their Iranian ties, Pakistan still marches to its own tune.
Not only will the closure lead to a bureaucratic nightmare for Palestinians, but it is also a strong indication of how Palestinians will continue to be marginalised as their fates are contemplated by the US and Israel.
Pakistan came into existence and was declared a sovereign nation after the Partition of erstwhile British India on August 14-15, 1947.
Turkey and the US say Turkish-US cooperation in Syria's Manbij offers a path to resolving issues currently dividing the two countries. The NATO allies' relations are at a low over US support for the YPG, and its failure to extradite Fetullah Gulen.
Demonstrators carried Palestinian flags and called for the right of refugees to the homes that their families fled or were expelled from in 1948.
The 1918 document, which was unearthed in a Berlin archive last year by a Lithuanian professor, will stay in the country for five years under a bilateral agreement.
Washington has recently approved delivery of military hardware worth $175 million to Ukraine.
At least two people were wounded in the explosion in the Ukrainian capital on Independence Day, which coincided this year with a visit by US Defense Secretary James Mattis.
India celebrates 70 years of freedom while the people of Kashmir struggle against a brutal crackdown by New Delhi.
Festivities in Britain are marred by the memories of what unfolded with the partition of the South Asian sub-continent, and was followed by communal violence that claimed up to two million lives.
The blast occurred at a bus stop in the provincial capital Quetta and the area caught fire soon after the explosion.
For all the pomp and celebration, July 4 marks a day of shared traditions in a nation that has grappled with divides this past year.
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