The country is celebrating Pakistan Day today (Saturday).
The military parade in Islamabad is under way. Contingents of the three branches of the armed forces and security forces will conduct march past while fighters jets will perform aerobatic maneuvers. Different floats depicting various aspects of Pakistan’s culture will also be presented. This year, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad is the guest of honor in the parade.
Fighter jets from friendly countries – F-16s from Turkey and J10s from China – will display aerial feats. The roads of the federal capital have been decorated with panaflexes and banners.
The chief of naval staff, chief of air staff and chief of army staff have arrived. Federal ministers, the speaker of the National Assembly and chairperson of the Senate are also present. Prime Minister Imran Khan has just arrived at the venue.
Commander of the National Guard of Bahrain General Sheikh Muhammad Bin Isa bin Khalifa has arrived at the parade, as has Azerbaijan’s Defence Minister Colonel General Zakir Hasanov.
The day began with a 31-gun salute in Islamabad while 21-gun salutes were held in the provincial capitals (Karachi, Lahore, Quetta and Peshawar). A change-of-guard ceremony was also held at the mausoleum of Allama Iqbal in Lahore. Special prayers were also offered in mosques after Fajr prayers for the progress and prosperity of the country.
An investiture ceremony will also be held at Aiwan-e-Sadar in the evening where President Arif Alvi will confer civil awards on 170 individuals demonstrating feats in different fields of science and arts.
Pakistan Day marks when Muslims of the Subcontinent determined their destiny in line with the vision of Allama Mohammad Iqbal. The Pakistan Resolution, popularly known as the Lahore Resolution, passed on March 23, 1940 was aimed at creating a state where the citizens could enjoy equal opportunities irrespective of their caste and creed.