Indian Officials, Diplomats Attend Pakistan Day Parade - For The First Time

Indian Officials, Diplomats Attend Pakistan Day Parade - For The First Time

Indian Officials, Diplomats Attend Pakistan Day Parade - For The First Time

Pakistanis celebrated on Friday their National Day with a military parade in the capital, Islamabad, showcasing short- and long-range missiles, tanks, jets, drones and other hardware.

In order to celebrate the occasion, a grand national day reception will also be held by the embassy later in the evening at a local hotel.

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena was the "Guest of Honour".

Mamnoon Hussain, President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan in his message said that 23rd March is an important landmark in the history of our nation.

New-appointed air chief, Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan, flew a fighter jet followed by several other squadrons of the Pakistan Air Force as a salute to the head of the state. Various aeroplanes belonging to Army Aviation and Pakistan Air Force demonstrated aerobatic feats for the audience. This year, it is the first time that a contingent from the UAE military also paraded along with Pakistan armed forces.

"With these actions, Pakistan's neighbour has put the regional peace at stake", he said referring to cross-border ceasefire violations in Jammu and Kashmir.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, the official revealed that it was an initiative of Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa aimed to send a peace message to India.

Han Changfu extended warm congratulations on behalf of the Chinese Government on the 78th anniversary of the passing of Pakistan Resolution.

Islamabad-Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain Friday reminded India to peacefully resolve the long-standing issue of Kashmir.

The objective behind inviting Indian military representatives is to send a message that while Pakistan "stands for peace", it is also ready to defend every inch of the country in case of any misadventure, he said.

During his address at the event, Mahmood said, "Pakistan desired peaceful and good-neighbourly relations with India on the basis of sovereign equality and mutual respect". It was suspended due to threat of militancy.

The day was dawn with 31-gun salute in the federal capital and 21-gun salute in provincial capitals.

Besides district police, the special branch, Elite Force, and the Dolphin Force personnel would also perform their security duties on the Pakistan Day.

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