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Leaders of public opinion have hailed resumption of Pakistan Day parade after seven years, saying it has sent strong message to the enemies of the country about defence capabilities of the nation.

In their interviews with Radio Pakistan's Current Affairs Channel, they said in the backdrop of security situation and law and order problem, the parade has enhanced the morale of the people in the capability of the armed forces.

Minister for States and Frontier Regions retired Lieutenant General Abdul Qadir Baloch said the successful and thrilling parade has reassured the nation that ideological and geographical defence of the country is in safe hands. No one can brow-beat us.

To a question, he welcomed goodwill message of Indian Prime Minister to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and said it is in the interest of the two countries to engage into dialogue to resolve their problems amicably.

Senator Nuzhat Sadiq said entire leadership and nation are on same page against terrorism and extremism.

She said our armed forces have launched a decisive battle against terror and soon the menace would be eliminated.

Defence analyst, retired Air Marshal Shahid Latif said multi-role JF-17 aircraft, which enthralled people in today's parade, has significantly enhanced our deterrent capability.

He said the aircraft that can carry both conventional and nuclear war heads would replace the aging fleet of Pakistan Air Force.

Another prominent defence analyst Dr. Pervaiz Iqbal Cheema said holding of parade in the backdrop of war on terror has sent a firm message that the threat has been reduced.

He said Pakistan is a peace-loving country but has to demonstrate its defence capabilities as well to foil designs of enemies.


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