Islamabad: Pakistan Day 2018 was celebrated across the country on Friday with traditional zeal and fervour. This Day commemorates the passing of the Lahore Resolution on March 23, 1940, when the All-India Muslim League demanded a separate nation for the Muslims of the British Indian Empire.
The day dawned with 31-gun salute in federal and 21-gun salutes in all provincial capitals as the nation is celebrating the 78th Pakistan Day with renewed commitment to work hard for the progress and stability of the country. The main feature of the day is the spectacular military parade at the Parade Avenue in Islamabad. Floats depicting the culture of different regions displayed on the occasion.
President Mamnoon Hussain the chief guest who arrived at the venue in a horse drawn Buggi, escorted by traditional unit of President’s body guards. Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi received the President at the Shakarparian Parade Venue. Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena was the Guest of honour for the national day event, present at the venue to witness the spectacular ceremony.
A joint military parade was held at Parade Ground near the Shakarparian hills in Islamabad to mark the day. Mobile phone services were suspended in the capital, where the annual parade took place. The ceremony commenced with the recitation of Holy Quran. After the national anthem was played, President Mamnoon Hussain observed the parade from a jeep.
Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Defence Minister Khurrum Dastagir, Chief of Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa, Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan, Naval Chief Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi and Chairman Joint Chief of Staff Committee Zubair Mehmood Hayat were also present at the ceremony. A large number of diplomats from several countries attended the ceremony. The guest of honour at the ceremony was Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena.