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Lahore’s Defence Day ceremony becomes a wild affair

September 6, 2018
The show featured camelback Rangers, trained dogs and horse tricks

Mounted on lavishly decorated camels, the Pakistan Desert Rangers’ band stole the show during the Defence Day ceremony in Lahore.

The band made its debut during the Pakistan Day parade in Islamabad in March. It was formed on November 14, 2014.

They have been deployed in Moj Garh, which is 100 kilometres away from Bahawalpur.

Spectators were left in awe after the band made its appearance at Fortress Stadium, which was hosting the ceremony. The band is led by Inspector Iqbal.

The camelback band was followed by a demonstration by the Army Dog Breeding Training Centre and School. The centre has trained at least 380 dogs.

The handlers showcased the ‘basic obedience’ of their dogs, and then ran alongside their dogs as they completed an obstacle course including long jump, short jump, and jumping from a ring of fire.

The armed forces personnel then entered the stadium riding on their horses to show their vaulting (gymnastic on horseback) skills.

Vaulting, which was introduced in Asia in 1860s, tests the physical fitness of the military personnel.

Garbed in yellow and red, eight personnel performed stunts for the crowd.

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