Pakistan Day is being celebrated across the country with full zest. This is the 78th Pakistan Day and an impressive parade is now being held at Parade Ground, Shakarparian.
March 23rd hold a lot of importance for Pakistan. It was the day when the idea of a separate homeland-Pakistan was presented and turned into a great movement on the part of Indian Muslims.
Addressing a huge gathering in Minto Park, Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah formally demanded a separate homeland for Muslims.
The day started with special prayers performed in mosques after Fajr for the safety and solidarity of Pakistan. The national flag was hoisted on major government buildings as well.
31- and 21-gun salutes in the federal and provincial capitals was conducted as well.
President Mamnoon Hussain is the chief guest at the venue in a horse-drawn Buggy. Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi welcomed the President at the Shakarparian Parade Venue. The guest of honor is the Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena.
Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan led a fly-past, followed by a number of other squadrons of the Pakistan Air Force as a salute to the head of the state.
The heads of all Pakistan’s armed forces including army, navy and air force in addition to the joint chiefs’ chairman are present at the occasion.
The president addressed the nation and praised Pakistanis and armed forces of the country.
The armed forces’ contingents started the parade and saluted the chief guests that included different units of the armed forces.
Contingents from the armed forces of other countries including UAE, Turkey, and Jordan took part in the parade as well. Besides, a number of other troupes representing Pakistan’s culture started the parade.
PAF fighter jets conducted fly-pasts with awe-inspiring maneuvres.