ISLAMABAD – Pakistan Day parade is underway in parade venue Islamabad with full glory, PakistanTribe reported.
A joint military parade of Pakistan’s armed forces is being held after a gap of seven years. The parade was organised by joint staff headquarters in Rawalpindi, which oversees the three armed forces of Pakistan.
President Mamnoon Hussain is the chief guest of today’s parade. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif , Chief of Army Staff and General Raheel Sharif is also present in the parade.
Chinese President Xi Jinping was expected to attend the Pakistan Day parade as chief guest but he could not honor the parade today.
Following the security reasons, Pakistan Day parade remained canceled for the last seven years. Last parade which took place in Islamabad was on 23rd March 2008 and it was reviewed by Gen (retd) Pervez Musharraf as a civilian president.
President Mamnoon Hussain, chief guest of ceremony recalled the date of 23 March 1940 and said today’s parade was organized to tribute the the heroes of Pakistan.
He appreciated the Pakistan Army’s struggle against militants in Operation Zarb e Azb and Khyber one. “I will visit the soldiers at front to salute their sacrifices for the mother land,” the president said.
President also talked about the national approach towards regional politics and said Pakistan want to live in peace and let the world live in peace. “We want peaceful solution of all the issue with India including Kashmir,” he said.
Para troops jumping from 10,00 ft. Col Khalid is leading the para troopers. Free fall jumpers are coming down with the speed of 180 km/h. The para troopers are of Special Services Group (SSG).
Para troopers are ready to jump.
PAF’s F-16 now makes an appearance, with its deafening thunder resonating in the parade ground. Ring Commander Usman Khalil flies the aircraft above the venue, putting up a magnificent display.
The pride of Pakistan, JF- 17 Thunder displayed the Half Cuben-eight, high alpha pass and vertical role in the parade.
With the slogan ‘Kis Sher Ki Amad Hy K Run Kanp Raha Hy’ Sher Dil team of small jets displaying Delta formation network and Double Arrow Head Formation.
Fighter Helicopters and rescue helicopter squad including MI-17 helicopter, and cobra past march.
Cohorts displaying strategic weapons, including land-to-land, cruise and nuclear warhead-capable missiles, Multi Barrel Rocket launcher contingent, Cruise Missile and Ballistic missile group are now marching past the parade ground.
‘Radio Direction Finder’ and ‘Fire Finder Radar’ groups take part in the parade.
Group of Al-khalid Tank and Al-Zara Tank took part in parade.
Frontier Corp, Punjab Rangers march past was also witnessed by the special guests.
Armed forces different groups march past as PM Nawaz, President Mamnoon and Army chief witness the parade. Special Services Group (SSG), Islamabad Police, Female Officers, Nursing Group and representative groups of Pakistan Army, Navy and Air force saluted the guests.
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