MOSCOW – Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated Pakistani leader Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan on Pakistan’s 73rd Independence Day on Wednesday, the Kremlin press service said.

“The Russian president sent a congratulatory message to the president of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Arif Alvi, and Prime Minister Imran Khan on the occasion of Pakistan’s national holiday � Independence Day,” the statement said.

Independence Day: President Arif Alvi, PM Imran Khan call for unity, harmony to face the challenges

Pakistan achieved independence and was declared a sovereign state on August 14, 1947.