14 June | 2024

Lahore, Pakistan

President calls Pakistan a peace loving nation, wants ties with all

Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, Prince Khalid bin Salman Al Saud, cabinet members join much-awaited Pakistan Day parade ceremony in Islamabad

President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif, cabinet members, civil and military officers, diplomats, notables from different walks of life and a huge number of citizens joined the much-awaited Pakistan Day parade ceremony in Islamabad.

Saudi Minister for Defence Prince Khalid bin Salman Al Saud also joined the ceremony as the guest of honor. Pakistan Day – observed in remembrance of the adoption of the All India Muslim League-backed historic Lahore resolution on March 23, 1940, for the creation of a separate homeland in the Indian subcontinent – started with a 31-gun salute in the federal capital and a 21-gun salute in the provincial capitals.

President Asif Ali Zardari reviews parade after arriving at venue in his chariot escorted by presidential guards

After arriving at the venue in his chariot escorted by the presidential guards mounted on horses, President Asif Ali Zardari reviewed the parade led by parade commander Brigadier Shahzad Ali Arshad which followed the fly-past formation of the Pakistan Air Force and the Pakistan Navy. The contingents of the three armed forces and other security forces conducted a march while fighter planes presented aerobatic maneuvers.

The parade commenced with the national anthem, recitation of verses from the Holy Quran, after a special salute was paid to the national flag. After the mesmerizing show of the fighter jets, Pakistan Army, the Pakistan Air Force, and the Pakistan Navy paratroopers demonstrated their skills with free-falls. The aerobatics display of the air force team enthralled spectators with their unmatched aerial maneuvers.

With aerial maneuvers, aerobatics display by air force enthrall spectators after mesmerizing fighters’ show
Pakistan Day ceremony at Shakarparian Parade Ground in Islamabad

Addressing the Pakistan Day parade ceremony, President Asif Zardari requested all political parties to set aside their interests and difference and work unitedly to bring in Pakistan’s prosperity. Highlighting current social, political and economic challenges, he said that it was responsibility of all to seek solutions to all the issues, following the successful holding of general elections and the formation of a democratic government.

“I believe that the way we faced the difficulties in the past, can steer Pakistan out of the pervading problems even today. Our nation is hardworking and intelligent. The youth, using their mental capabilities, can guarantee a bright future,” he said. “Pakistan wants relations with all our neighbors. We are a peace-loving country and a responsible nuclear state,” he told the audience.

He said that the Special Investment Facilitation Council had been formed to attract investment in agriculture, livestock, mining, information technology, and energy sectors. On the occasion, he also thanked Pakistan’s friendly countries, including China, Saudi Arabia, Turkiye and the United Arab Emirates for supporting the South Asian nation in the difficult times. He congratulated the nation on the day which commemorated the historic struggle to achieve a homeland under the leadership of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.

President requests all political parties to set aside difference and work unitedly to bring in Pakistan’s prosperity
President requests all political parties to work unitedly to bring in Pakistan’s prosperity

The president sad that Pakistan would neither make any compromise on its sovereignty nor would tolerate any efforts of any group aimed at destabilizing it. “Let me make it clear that we will not compromise on our sovereignty. We will not tolerate any efforts by any group to destabilize our homeland,” he said. “We are always ready to respond to any aggression at all times. Today’s parade is a reminder of our unity, strength, and pride,” said the

He sad that the Jammu Kashmir issue was the main reason for instability in the South Asian region as the Kashmiri people had been demanding right to self-determination for the last 76 years. Condemning brutalities and the human rights violations in occupied territories, he urged the international community to play its role in the implementation of the UN Security resolution on Jammu Kashmir. “We are with you,” he told Kashmiri people in an open and clear words.

Coming to the humanitarian catastrophe in Palestine, the president also appealed to the world community to take measures to ensure that killings of Palestinian people was stopped and a ceasefire was declared, besides establishing a humanitarian corridor. Also, he reiterated Pakistan’s continued support for the Palestinian people till the resolution of the issue as per their aspirations.