Monday Mar 20, 2017
A 90-member Chinese contingent arrived in Pakistan to participate in the Pakistan Day parade Monday.
It will be the first time in Pakistan's history that Chinese troops will take part in the March 23 parade.
Seventy-two of the 90 members of the Chinese troop will participate in the Pakistan Day processions to be held on Thursday.
Talking to Chinese media in Pakistan, Major General Li Chan said: "We are here, as representatives of the Chinese public, to make the Pak-China friendship even stronger."
"We could feel the warmth of the Pak-China friendship upon our arrival in Pakistan," Major General Chan said. "I hope that the friendship between the two countries thrives and flourishes. Pakistan is China's closest friend, best neighbour, and strategic ally."
Earlier this week, contingents of the Pakistan Army, Navy and Air Force had reportedly arrived in the federal capital for parade rehearsals, amid strict security measures.
Pakistan Day is a national holiday in Pakistan to commemorate the Lahore Resolution of March 23, 1940, when the Muslim League drafted the political resolution calling for establishing an independent federation.