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Pakistan Day was celebrated today with a resolve to safeguard security and defence of the country.

The day dawned with 31-gun salutes in the Federal Capital and 21-gun salutes in provincial capitals. Special prayers were offered after Fajar Prayers for progress and solidarity of the country.

It was a public holiday and national flag remained atop all major public and private buildings.

Traditional military parade was hallmark of the celebrations. The parade was held after a gap of seven years at the newly-constructed parade ground near Shakarparian. President Mamnoon Hussain who was the chief guest on the occasion took the salute and addressed the ceremony.  Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Defence Minister Khwaja Asif, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee Rashad Mahmoud and the three services chiefs also attended the meeting.    

The colourful ceremony of Pakistan Day parade kicked off with a splendid fly past of aircraft of Pakistan Airforce and Pakistan Navy led by Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman.

The formations of F-16, JF-17, Mirage, F-7PG and P-3C Orion presented salute to the chief guest by flying over the saluting dais. 

Different regiments of Pakistan Army, Pakistan Navy and Pakistan Air Force marched past the saluting dais presenting salute to the President.

Mechanised columns including tanks, rocket launchers, indigenously developed short and long range missiles including Nasr, Babar, Shaheen-1, Shaheen II, radars and unmanned aerial vehicles Burraq were showcased at the parade.

Floats depicting culture of the four provinces, Azad Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan were also part of the parade.

Helicopters of Pakistan Army and Pakistan Navy presented fly past. Personnel of Special Services Groups displayed a breathtaking show of paratrooping. The skydivers of the Special Services Groups presented heart touching free fall from ten thousand feet while carrying the national flags. 

Aircraft of Pakistan Air Force including JF-17 Thunder presented thrilling aerobatic manoeuvres amidst the cheers and clapping of the spectators.   

The ceremony culminated with presentation of national songs by the students of different schools.

KARACHI:

Governor Sindh Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan, Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah and representatives of armed forces visited the Mazar-e-Quaid in Karachi to pay tributes to the Father of the Nation.

They laid floral wreath on the Mazar and offered prayers for prosperity, development and integrity of the country.

LAHORE

A change of guard ceremony was held at the mausoleum of national poet Allama Muhammad Iqbal in Lahore today.  A contingent of Pakistan Air Force assumed the guard duties.

PESHAWAR

A function in connection with Pakistan Day was held at Governor’s House Peshawar on Monday evening. The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Sardar Mehtab Ahmad Khan conferred civil awards to one hundred and fifty six personalities. 142 Tamgha-e-Shujaat after death were given to martyred students and teachers of Army Public School Peshawar.

GILGIT-BALTISTAN

In Gilgit-Baltistan, the main function of Pakistan Day was held at Governor Houses in Gilgit. Governor Barjees Tahir conferred civil awards, including Pride of Performance and Tamgha-i-Imtiaz on behalf of President of Pakistan.

KASHMIR

Pakistan Day was also observed in Azad Jammu and Kashmir.  Different political, social, religious and educational organizations held functions marking the Pakistan Day .

New York

Pakistan Day was celebrated with traditional fervor and enthusiasm at the Pakistan House in New York with the hoisting of the national flag by Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the UN, Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi. 

The Ambassador read out the Pakistan Day message of the President and Consul General Raja Ali Ejaz read out the message of the Prime Minister.

Sri Lanka

The Acting High Commissioner of Pakistan in Sri Lanka, Dr. Sarfraz Ahmed Khan Sipra has said Pakistan Government is actively engaged with all neighbouring countries in an effort to create a peaceful neighbourhood.

He said this while delivering his message on the occasion of the National Day of Pakistan on Monday. The day was marked by celebrations organized by the High Commission of Pakistan in Colombo.

On Pakistan-Sri Lanka relations, he explained that both sides have intensified political engagement and undertaken substantive measures to further deepen and broaden the economic relationship including refining the Free Trade Agreement, expanding the portfolio of tradable items and encouraging bilateral investment. 

He highlighted that the Government of Pakistan is engaged in Sri Lanka’s social sector development. Some of the projects being sponsored include construction of schools, clean drinking water supply projects, livelihood generation, setting up computer training centres, upgrading hospitals in rural areas and providing scholarships to needy children.

The Acting High Commissioner also hoisted the national flag of Pakistan during the ceremony attended by a large number of participants from various walks of life including members of the Sri Lanka Pakistan Friendship Association.

Dubai

Pakistan National Day was celebrated on Monday at the Consulate General of Pakistan, Dubai with national zeal and fervor.

A large number of UAE based Pakistanis from all walks of life attended the ceremony.

Consul General of Pakistan Javed Jalil Khattak hoisted the national flag at the consulate's premises, while the national anthem was played.

Khattak also read out the messages of the President and the Prime Minister to the audience. He mentioned the great sacrifices rendered by the forefathers for a separate homeland. Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, the founding father of the nation, envisioned a country where Muslims could lead their lives according to their own values and traditions, while the non-Muslims would also be free to practice their own religion, he said.

The Consul General stressed the need to forge unity among the ranks and file of the Pakistani community. He said that the nation had witnessed many challenges and measured up to each one with resilience and resolve.

He extended warm felicitations to the Pakistani community residing in the Emirates and asked them to work tirelessly for the progress and development of UAE and Pakistan.

Seoul

A flag hoisting ceremony was held at the Embassy of Pakistan in Seoul, South Korea, Monday on the occasion of the National Day of Pakistan.

The ceremony was attended by the officers and staff of the embassy and prominent members of the Pakistani community from different walks of life residing in South Korea.

The ceremony commenced with a recitation from the Holy Quran, which was followed by flag hoisting and playing of the National also read on the occasion.

Zahid Nasrullah Khan Ambassador of Pakistan to the republic of Korea also addressed the gathering on the occasion and exchanged views with members of the community.

Turkey

Pakistan Embassy in Turkey organized a ceremony in Ankara to mark Pakistan Day .    

Ambassador of Pakistan Sohail Mahmood hoisted the national flag in presence of the Pakistani community.    

In his speech, the Ambassador urged the members of Pakistani community and students to continue playing their active role in bringing Turkey and Pakistan further closer.

 


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