Nation celebrates Pakistan Day with military parade
ISLAMABAD (92 News) – The nation is celebrating Pakistan Day y with a military parade that’s showcasing short- and long-range missiles, tanks, jets, drones and other hardware to show firm resolve to strengthen national security and solidarity today (Friday).
The day marks adoption of historic Lahore Resolution in 1940 that provided a framework for realization of the goal of a separate homeland for Muslims of South Asia.
The day dawned with 31-gun salute in the federal capital and 21-gun salute in provincial capitals.
Special prayers were offered in mosques after Fajr prayers for the progress, prosperity and solidarity of the country.
Today is a public holiday. National flag is being hoisted on major government buildings.
Main feature of the day is the military parade at Parade Avenue in Islamabad where armed forces are conducting march past and fighter jets will present aerobatic maneuvers.
Floats depicting the culture of different regions will also be displayed on the occasion.
Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena was the guest of honour at the event.
President Mamnoon Hussain was the chief guest of the occasion. Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi and Defense Minister Engineer Khurram Dastgir Khan also witnessed the parade.
Troops of Pakistan Navy, Pakistan Air Force, 18 Punjab Regiment, 21 Frontier Force Regiment, 10 Northern Light Infantry Regiment, 760 Mujahid Battalion, Frontier Corps Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan Rangers Punjab, Paratroopers, Pakistan Police (represented by the Islamabad Police), Tri Services Lady Officers, Tri Services Armed Forces Nursing Services, Boy Scouts, Pakistan Girl Guides, Special Services Group (SSG) and President Bodyguards took part in the parade.
Mechanised columns of Armoured Corps, Artillery, Army Air Defense, Signals, Engineers, Army Strategic Force Command also participated.
A splendid fly past of JF-17 Thunder and F-16 fighter jets was conducted. The Pakistan Air Force saluted President Mamnoon.