ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The nation is celebrating Pakistan Day on Wednesday with a commitment to ensure progress, prosperity and a strong defense of the Country.
Every year, Pakistan Day is observed on March 23 to commemorate the passage of historic Lahore Resolution in 1940, under which Muslims of the sub-continent set the agenda of a separate homeland for themselves.
The Day dawned with 31-gun salute in the Federal Capital and 21-gun salute in Provincial Capitals. Special Prayers were offered in mosques after Fajr Prayers for progress and prosperity of the Country.
The national flag is being hoisted on major government buildings.
To mark Pakistan Day, the spectacular and colorful Military Parade was held at Parade Avenue in Islamabad with three wings of the armed forces displaying their professionalism and military prowess.
The Impressive Ceremony kicked off with the fly past of fighter jets of Pakistan Air Force (PAF) and Pakistan Navy led by the Air Chief Zaheer Ahmad Babar presenting salute to the Chief Guest President Dr. Arif Alvi.
Formations of fighter jets including J-10C, F-16, Mirage and P-3C participated in the fly past.
Contingents of Pakistan Army, Pakistan Navy, PAF, Special Services Groups (SSG), Frontier Corps (FC), Rangers, Islamabad Police marched past the dais presenting salute to the Chief Guest.
The dignitaries participating in the 48th Session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) including the Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi also witnessed the Pakistan Day Parade as Guests of Honour.