MAMOSA Report — Region’s three nations: China, Saudi Arabia and Turkey today participated in the Pakistan Day Parade held in capital Islamabad to mark the celebration of 1940’s Lahore Resolution declaring the need for an independent homeland for the the subcontinent’s Muslims.
Pakistani nation commenced celebrations for 77th Pakistan Day with a pledge to make the country stronger by wiping out terrorism and achieving sustainable economic growth and political stability.
Pakistan Day commemorates the passing of the historic Lahore Resolution, when a separate nation for the Muslims of The British Indian Empire was demanded on March 23, 1940.
The highlight of the day was the joint military parade held at the Parade Ground near Shakarparian hills in Islamabad. President Mamnoon Hussain was the chief guest of the event.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Chief of Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Mohammad Zakaullah and Defense Minister Khawaja Asif witnessed the parade.
Most significant part of the Pakistan Day parade was the participation by Chinese and Saudi troops and a Turkish military band in a show of solidarity with the Pakistani nation.
The parade was organized by joint staff headquarters in Rawalpindi, which oversees the three armed forces of Pakistan.
Pakistan in 2015, held its first Pakistan Day parade after a hiatus of seven years. The display of pageantry aimed at showing the country has the upper hand in the fight against terrorists as the nation reeled from the worst militant attack in its history as 142 children were killed in an army-run school in Peshawar.
The annual Pakistan Day parade was last held in 2008 before authorities abandoned it because of fears it could be targeted as militants increased their attacks on the military.