Military parade marks 78th Pakistan Day in Islamabad
Islamabad (Web Desk) : Pakistan Day celebrations kicked off today (Friday) with a joint military parade at the Parade Ground near Islamabad’s Shakarparian Hills.
The ceremony began with recitations from the Holy Quran. President Mamnoon Hussain was the chief guest of the ceremony.
The parade was held in the presence of Prime Minister (PM) Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Chief of Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi and Air Chief Mujahid Anwar Khan.
Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena was the guest of honor at the event.
New-appointed air chief, Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan, then led a fly-past, followed by several other squadrons of the Pakistan Air Force as a salute to the head of the state.
Mechanized columns of various prestigious services of the country exhibited inventory of highly sophisticated and modern weaponry and arsenal. Pakistani armed forces displayed tanks, jets, drones and other weapon systems in the parade.
Troops from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) participated in the parade for the first time. The parade also featured troops from Jordan.
Subsequently, the parade showcased local cultures of the four provinces. Cultural delegates and floats from Sindh, Punjab, Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Gilgit Baltistan and Azad Kashmir were featured during the ceremony.
The president then addressed the nation and praised the country’s people and armed forces for their resolve.
Pakistan Day is celebrated to mark the Lahore Resolution on March 23 each year. The Lahore Resolution, also known as Pakistan Resolution, passed on March 23, 1940, is considered a major milestone in the Muslim struggle for an independent state.