Pakistan Day celebrations begin with military parade

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ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan on Thursday celebrated Pakistan Day with national zeal and fervour.

The 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 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 is the joint military parade which is being held at the Parade Ground near Shakarparian hills in Islamabad. President Mamnoon Hussain is 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 Defence Minister Khawaja Asif are witnessing the parade.

Chinese and Saudi troops and a Turkish military band are also participating in the parade.

The parade is organised 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.

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