Military parade to mark Pakistan Day held in Islamabad

Published: March 23, 2016
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 Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif (L) shakes hands with President Mamnoon Hussain as he arrives at the venue for the Pakistan Day military parade in Islamabad on March 23, 2016. PHOTO: AFP

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif (L) shakes hands with President Mamnoon Hussain as he arrives at the venue for the Pakistan Day military parade in Islamabad on March 23, 2016. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: The nation is celebrating the 76th Pakistan Day on Wednesday with a renewed pledge to make the country stronger by eliminating terrorism and achieving sustainable economic growth and greater political stability.

A joint military parade was held at the Parade Ground near the landmark Shakarparian hills in Islamabad. Personnel from all three services, Pakistan Army, Navy and Air Force participated.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, President Mamnoon Hussain and Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif were in attendance along with Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Mohammad Zakaullah, and Defence Minister Khawaja Asif.

 

March-past by armed forces

Contingents of the Pakistan Army, Pakistan Air Force, Pakistan Navy, as well as the Frontier Corps and Pakistan Rangers, each held an individual march-past, followed by a salute to President Mamnoon Hussain.

The day, which marks the historic event in 1940 when the Lahore Resolution was passed demanding a separate homeland for the Muslims of the subcontinent, dawned with a 31-gun salute in the federal capital and 21-gun salutes in provincial capitals.

Special prayers were offered in mosques for the integrity and solidarity of the country.

The ceremony began with the singing of the national anthem, followed by an address by the president, chief guest of the event.

Addressing the ceremony, President Mamnoon lauded Pakistan Army’s stance on fighting terrorism and their sacrifices in the ongoing Operation Zarb-e-Azb.

PHOTO: PID

“The operation will not end till terrorism has been eradicated completely from Pakistan’s soil,” he said.

He said the country’s nuclear stockpile and weapons are only for the country’s defense.

Modi extends felicitations on Pakistan Day

“We are a peaceful nation. Pakistan never has and never will participate in any arms race.”

F-16 Fighter jet

“Pakistan’s wish to be on friendly terms with its neighbours should not be considered as its weakness,” he said, adding “peace in Kashmir is essential and Pakistan will continue supporting its Kashmiri brethren.”

Officers of the three armed forces jumped from a helicopter with the national flag and the flags of the three services, which was then carried by General Officer Commanding (GOC) SSG Major General Tahir Hussain Bhutta and presented to the president.

Various political, social, religious, and literary organisations arranged functions to highlight the importance of the Pakistan Resolution that paved the way for the creation of an independent homeland for the Muslims of the Indian sub-continent.

Fly-past. AN EXPRESS NEWS SCREENGRAB

Photo exhibitions were also arranged at the arts galleries in different cities depicting different aspects of the independence movement and photographs of the founding fathers.

Around the city on Pakistan Day

While programmes were scheduled in Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir as well, Pakistan Day functions will also be held at Pakistani missions abroad where ambassadors and high commissioners will unfurl the national flag and read out the messages of the president and prime minister.

Foolproof security arrangements have been made to avoid any untoward incident, besides a special traffic plan for the day in the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad.

Cellular services suspended in Islamabad

Cellular services were suspended in the capital as Pakistan Day celebrations kicked off.

Mobile phone networks went offline early morning and will remain suspended through out the day, Express News reported.

President, governors to confer civilian awards

After 7-year hiatus, nation witnesses Pakistan Day parade

President Mamnoon Hussain will decorate 84 recipients of civil awards – including eight foreign nationals and Pakistanis living abroad –  during an investiture ceremony that will be held at Aiwan-e-Sadr.

Governors of all the four provinces and Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) as well as Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee will bestow civilian awards on behalf of the president upon prominent personalities for their contributions in different fields.

The president had approved conferment of 159 civil awards on August 14, 2015 – the independence day of the country.  Four additional awards were also approved after 14th August, 2015 as special cases.

Bilawal Bhutto, CM Sindh at Mazar-e-Quaid

Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, along with Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah arrived at Mazar-e-Quaid, Karachi to pay respects to the father of the nation Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.

Bilawal and the chief minister arrived at the mausoleum where they placed a wreath and offered Fateha and witnessed a change of guard ceremony on the occasion of Pakistan Day.

PHOTOS: AFP

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Reader Comments (9)

  • Truth
    Mar 23, 2016 - 4:31PM

    What an Impressive Show!!!!Recommend

  • tellmore
    Mar 23, 2016 - 5:23PM

    Pakistan should have invited Bangladesh PM Hasina on this occassion. Because Bengali’s were the main people behind the creation of Pakistan as a separate home land for Indian muslims. At the same time, it would have been a good opportunity to show to Bangladesh PM the military might of Pakistan which will improve the confidence Bangladesh has in Pakistan on security related matters.

    Further, when Pakistan is planning to create the NATO style islamic union, the other brotherly islamic countries leaders like UAE, SAUDI , TURKEY AND EGYPT should have been invited which will ensure the leadership role of Pakistan in such future alliance.Recommend

  • abc
    Mar 23, 2016 - 7:13PM

    don’t understand – how come a poor country can spend all the funds to show their power! They should have spent it on the people – rather than showing up.Recommend

  • Aamir - Toronto
    Mar 23, 2016 - 7:37PM

    Pakistan Zinda Baad, Pakistan Paaeinda Baad !!!Recommend

  • Mar 23, 2016 - 9:09PM

    Long live PakistanRecommend

  • curious2
    Mar 23, 2016 - 9:41PM

    I look forward to the day that Pakistan and India can celebrate without having military parades .Recommend

  • Mar 23, 2016 - 10:12PM

    We, at US CENTCOM, wish the people of Pakistan a very Happy Resolution Day. The people of Pakistan have sacrificed a lot to build a strong independent nation. In the recent past, people of Pakistan have been challenged by terrorism and religious extremism. In its quest for peace, we stand with Pakistan as it navigates the troubled waters of terrorism that has plagued the region for long and wish them a peaceful and prosperous future.

    Abdul Quddus
    DET – U.S. Central Command
    http://www.facebook.com/centcomurduRecommend

  • Jibran
    Mar 23, 2016 - 11:31PM

    > Cellular services suspended in the capital.

    This explains very well the state of affairs of the country.Recommend

  • Azhar Jamil
    Mar 24, 2016 - 8:04AM

    We does not need any type of vanity. Our parades can never change our destiny. At present we need more attention to health and education. How much shining our soldiers is not a need of time. But it is a time to polish our youth and public.
    Our armed forces are delivering much better during the ongoing operations against militancy. That’s enough. We have to deliver now in education and health sectors.Recommend

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