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Military parade underway in Islamabad to mark 78th Pakistan Day

ISLAMABAD (Muslim Times) – Decorated contingents of Pakistan Army, Pakistan Navy and Pakistan Air Force (PAF) are being lined up in Shakarparian Ground, Islamabad for Pakistan Day Parade today (Friday).

The 78th Pakistan Day is being celebrated with traditional zeal and enthusiasm to mark the passage of the Lahore Resolution that led to the creation of a separate homeland for the Muslims of South Asia in 1947. The historic resolution, known as the Pakistan Resolution, was approved on March 23, 1940.

The parade is underway 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.

The special feature of this year’s parade is Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena’s participation, who is the guest of honour of the event. The participation of Sri Lankan president in the parade is a demonstration of close friendly ties between the two countries.

President Mamnoon Hussain is also invited as the chief guest of the event.

Contingents from friendly countries including China, Turkey and UAE are also scheduled to participate in the parade at the official ceremony. This year, it is the first time that a contingent from the UAE military will parade along with Pakistan armed forces.

Mechanised columns of various prestigious services of the country will exhibit inventory of highly sophisticated and modern weaponry and arsenal. Pakistani armed forces will display tanks, jets, drones and other weapon systems in the parade.

Civil organisations will also show their material presence at the parade by exhibiting floats, depicting developments achieved by the country, besides the regional culture and heritage.

It is to be mentioned here that the day was dawned with a 31-gun salute in the federal capital and a 21-gun salute in the provincial capitals.

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