ISLAMABAD: Nation is celebrating 78th Pakistan Day with the traditional display of military might in Islamabad. The day is being celebrated with a renewed pledge for making Pakistan stronger and eliminating terrorism from the state by working together for the solidarity and progress of the nation.
The auspicious day started with the 31-gun salute in the capital city and 21-gun salute in provincial capitals. Special prayers were offered in the mosques for the integrity and solidarity of the state, after Fajar.
A joint military parade of all the three forces is the main feature of the day, which was held at Shakarparian hills in the federal capital Islamabad. Armed forces presented march past and aerobatics show of fighter jets.
President Mamnoon Hussain was the chief guest of the event, who arrived in a horse drawn buggy, escorted by traditional unit of President’s body guards. Among others Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif, Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Mohammad Zakaullah and Defence Minister Khawaja Asif also attended the ceremony. Chief of South African National Defence Force General Solly Zacharia was among other dignitaries.
Main feature of the parade was the participation of Turkish Military band “Mehtar” along with Tri Services of People’s Liberation Army of China, Saudi Special Forces.
The joint flypast of Pakistan Air Force and Pakistan Navy Aviation was led by Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman in an F-16 fighter jet.
Modern weaponry and arsenal exhibition by the military services bloomed the event.
A large number of people gathered at Shakarparian to witness the military parade to appreciate the military forces of Pakistan.
For the first time in history of Pakistan, Chinese troops took part in the March 23 parade. A 90-member Chinese delegation had arrived in Pakistan on Monday to participate in the parade.
Turkish military band “Mehtar” also participated in the parade and played national song of Pakistan. Mehtar is the world’s oldest military band which was formed in 1299.
President Mamnoon Hussain while addressing the ceremony declared Pakistan a peaceful country which was also ready for dialogues with India on Kashmir issue, “we want good relations with whole world.” He vowed that Pakistan will continue moral and political support to Kashmiris.