In a first, Indian diplomats attend Pakistan Day parade in Islamabad

Published: March 23, 2018
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An Indian delegation including Indian Army officer Sanjay Vishwasrao (C) watch the Pakistan Day military parade in Islamabad on March 23, 2018. PHOTO: REUTERS

An Indian delegation including Indian Army officer Sanjay Vishwasrao (C) watch the Pakistan Day military parade in Islamabad on March 23, 2018. PHOTO: REUTERS

Pakistani JF-17 Thunder drops flares during a Pakistan Day military parade in Islamabad on March 23, 2018. PHOTO: REUTERS An Indian delegation including Indian Army officer Sanjay Vishwasrao (C) watch the Pakistan Day military parade in Islamabad on March 23, 2018. PHOTO: REUTERS

ISLAMABAD: In an unprecedented move, senior Indian military officials and diplomats posted in Islamabad attended the Friday’s military parade to mark the Pakistan Day.

Amid heightened tensions between the two neighbouring countries, the Pakistan Army invited, for the first time, Indian Defence Attache and senior diplomats of the Indian High Commission to join March 23 celebrations, a senior military official told The Express Tribune.

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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.

The purpose 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.

An Indian delegation including Indian Army officer Sanjay Vishwasrao (C) watch the Pakistan Day military parade in Islamabad on March 23, 2018. PHOTO: REUTERS

An Indian delegation including Indian army officer Sanjay Vishwasrao (C) watch the Pakistan Day military parade in Islamabad on March 23, 2018. PHOTO: AFP

The move comes at a time when tensions have been simmering between Islamabad and New Delhi for months with frequent incidents of clashes along the Line of Control (LoC) and Working Boundary (WB).

While the army chief is believed to be in favour of improved ties, the ball is now in India’s court to see how the unprecedented gesture will be reciprocated.

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Reader Comments (7)

  • H. Khan
    Mar 23, 2018 - 6:44PM

    …and they showed up with pen and notepads in a military parade.Recommend

  • munir khan
    Mar 23, 2018 - 7:13PM

    India cannot bring any more havoc in Baluchistan , ISI is on top of it , look at all the insurgent activities , 95% have ceased , CPEC an indian eye sore is progressing in full swing , I see Modi and Mishra crying in Delhi Recommend

  • Indian
    Mar 23, 2018 - 10:54PM

    which culture Arabian or South Asian?Recommend

  • F Khan
    Mar 23, 2018 - 11:54PM

    Interestingly this news is nowhere in indian print and electronic media.Recommend

  • Ashok
    Mar 24, 2018 - 5:50AM

    @munir khan: it was Pakistan who invited Indians to the parade, not the other way around. Recommend

  • P Oberoi
    Mar 24, 2018 - 6:16AM

    Chabahar was the Game-Changer !!Recommend

  • Sheikh Sa'adi
    Mar 24, 2018 - 9:56AM

    the ball is now in India’s court to see how the unprecedented gesture will be reciprocated.

    Allow me to put the record straight.

    A. This is the FIRST time that Pakistan has invited Indian Diplomats to Pakistan Day parade.

    B. On the other hand India has been inviting Pakistani Diplomats to the Republic Day Parade every year.

    C. In fact in 1955 and 1965 Pakistani Governor General and Minister respectively, were the Chief Guests at the Republic Day Parade.

    Moderator ET- I trust you are not allergic to truth.Recommend

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