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Pakistan celebrates National Day with military parade

25 March 2018

Islamabad-Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain Friday reminded India to peacefully resolve the long-standing issue of Kashmir.

"With these actions, Pakistan's neighbour has put the regional peace at stake", he said.

Mamnoon also said that the global scenario has changed, and now countries could not be coerced to tow the line of one particular country.

Amid the row over the harassment of each other's officials in respective missions, he said peace was in the mutual interest of both countries and it could only be achieved through diplomacy and dialogue.

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The president spoke about the situation in Pakistan, saying peace was destroyed in the country in the last three decades.

He said that Pakistan had been playing a vital role for the global peace and rendering commendable services from the United Nations platform for it.

Pakistan Day marks adoption of the historic Lahore Resolution in 1940 that provided a framework for a separate homeland for Muslims in the Indian subcontinent.

He lauded not only Pakistan's positive role in multilateral organizations like UNO and OIC but also the enormous sacrifices Pakistan has made in the fight against terrorism. Various aeroplanes belonging to Army Aviation and Pakistan Air Force demonstrated aerobatic feats for the audience. Rt Honourable, Mr Nanda Bahadur Pun, Vice President of Nepal was the Chief Guest. The parade also included troops of Frontier Force Regiment, Northern Light Infantry Regiment, Mujahid Battalion, Tri Services Lady Officers, Tri Services Armed Forces Nursing Services, Special Services Group, and President Bodyguards.

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The other who witnessed the event include Pakistan's Defence Minister Khurrum Dastagir, Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Navy Chief Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi and Chairman Joint Chief of Staff Committee Zubair Mehmood Hayat.

The day dawned with 31- and 21-gun salutes in the federal and provincial capitals, respectively, while the national flag was hoisted atop government buildings and departments.

Security was on high alert in the capital and mobile phone services remained suspended.

Police officials have been deployed at all entry and exit points of the city, he said, adding that the city has been divided into various sectors that were being covered by setting up a number of check posts.

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Pakistan celebrates National Day with military parade