Armed Forces to represent Pakistan in China’s WW-II parade

Published: August 31, 2015
A total of 17 countries will be participating in the parade sources say. PHOTO: REUTERS

A total of 17 countries will be participating in the parade sources say. PHOTO: REUTERS

A Pakistani contingent, drawn from three services, is likely to represent the country at a military parade being held in Beijing, China on September 3, paying tribute to World War II, Radio Pakistan reported.

The contingent, consisting of 75 officers and soldiers, was selected on the basis of professionalism and performance in their respective units.

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The contingent has been in Beijing for the past two weeks and is undergoing constant training and rehearsal for the parade.

According to reports, a total of 17 countries will be participating in the parade.

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“The officers, during their stay in Beijing have learnt a lot through training,” leader of troops, Lieutenant Colonel Muhammad Tayyab, in an interview with China Radio International said.

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  • Salman - SK
    Aug 31, 2015 - 5:36PM

    Why not??? They are the de facto rulers of Pakistan having been directly or indirectly ruling the country for the better part of its’ existence. And, the people seem to be o.k. with it, or they would not have allowed it. Look it up what the tiny nation of Greece (population 11 million, roughly half of Karachi) did with the interventionists in their country in 1974. Recommend

  • Aleem
    Aug 31, 2015 - 8:25PM

    @Salman – SK:
    Why the jealousy? Leave it be.

    The Armed Forces of Pakistan deliver, which is why the Pakistani nation loves and respects them. More importantly, the Pakistani armed forces ARE the Pakistani nation so why would the people not be okay with them?

    Spare us the slimy efforts to drive a wedge in the public opinion concerning our military.Recommend

  • Salman - SK
    Aug 31, 2015 - 10:31PM

    @Aleem: I do not have a problem with whoever you want to rule Pakistan. I have a problem with hypocrisy. If we say we are a democracy, governed by the people, then we should be a democracy. If not, we should amend the constitution to reflect reality, and then adhere to that constitution. I cannot say more and make it difficult for ET to publish this comment, except that the unfortunate reality in Pakistan is that you will find many people who will agree with you. Which is why I cited Greece’s example, to look at that tiny nation and see their yearning for freedom and liberty, which leads to democracy. Recommend

  • hamzah
    Aug 31, 2015 - 11:08PM

    Salman- why don’t you worry about your own country. Don’t hide your true identity behind a muslim name.Recommend

  • Observer
    Aug 31, 2015 - 11:16PM


    Chill out. China and Pakistan are allies and it’s a military parade, so naturally our Army would be invited. China does not “rule” Pakistan — but China is a large investor, and obviously gains a lot in return. If the military really ruled, a lot more politicians would be behind bars or in exile. Obviously our “democracy” has a lot of issues, and perhaps parliamentary democracy isn’t the right flavor for our country given well-entrenched interests/corruption/poor literacy/controversial election commission/etc, but things are getting better.Recommend

  • Mir
    Sep 1, 2015 - 4:07AM

    @Salman – SK:
    And now look where Greece is, with it’s politicians taking the poor, tiny country for a ride. Democracy for the win, amirite?Recommend

  • Archie Akhtar
    Sep 1, 2015 - 8:28AM

    They all look out of step. Should draw a lesson from the North Koreans.Recommend

  • muhammad
    Sep 1, 2015 - 3:11PM

    @salman – sk
    please just check the power of democracy in your country.
    check the situation in your country where every year how many people due to food and hunger- it is the most number and quiet larger ratio as compare to pakistsn.
    the people live on the road side are more than the total population of India.
    than your government is ready to finance the low quality migs and other Russian equipment. same value can be use quiet effectively. on democracy to ensure good value to people. Recommend

  • Gau Mutra
    Sep 1, 2015 - 9:11PM

    @Salman – SK:

    Thanks for taking the time off to comment from the rap capital of the world. You Hindus are sickk. Recommend

  • Humayun Sultan (A Pakistani)
    Sep 3, 2015 - 6:10PM

    Mr. Salman: China is like a precious part of our body. These are our sentiments for China. I would say Pakistan & China are one. Although there are physical boundaries but in our Pakistani mind we are one or you can say two good brothers. People of Pakistan love People of China & So is visa versa. Comments against anyone are not acceptable for the people of both countries whether you cover you feelings with the name of democracy or any other term. Please say loudly PAK CHINA FRIENDSHIP/DOSTY ZINDABAD.
    Thank you.Recommend

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