Pakistan Day Parade concludes with spectacular display of military might

PM Imran Khan did not attend today's event as he is quarantining at home after testing positive for coronavirus

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s military parade, which was postponed due to inclement weather on March 23, was held today in Islamabad, with the armed forces of Pakistan presenting displaying their military might for the world to see.

The grand event featured contingents of the three armed forces and the security forces conducting a march past as fighter jets presented aerobatic manoeuvres.

The traditional military parade is the mega event of Pakistan Day celebrations and is held at the Parade Ground near the landmark Shakarparian hills in the federal capital.

Prime Minister Imran Khan did not attend today's event as he is quarantining at home after testing positive for coronavirus.

President of Pakistan Arif Alvi reviewing the parade. Geo News screengrab

Due to coronavirus restrictions, a limited number of spectators were allowed to witness the parade.

Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Zaheer Ahmad Babar Sidhu led the formations of PAF fly-past aircraft during Pakistan Day Parade.

‘We are fully capable to defend our integrity’

While addressing the ceremony, President Arif Alvi said Pakistan has the capability to defend its territorial integrity and sovereignty, categorically stating that any misadventure will receive a befitting response.

He said we will defend our independence at all costs.

The president however said Pakistan desires peace, security and development in the whole region and has also taken practical steps towards that end.

He said peaceful coexistence is the cornerstone of Pakistan's foreign policy. He said the situation warrants that the leadership of South Asia reject the politics of hate, prejudice and religious extremism to guide the region towards prosperity.

He said Pakistan wants to move forward with good intent and peace but our desire for peace should not be construed as our weakness.

Alvi said Pakistan is a strong nuclear power. Apart from making progress in the socio-economic sectors, the country has achieved self-reliance in defence.

He expressed satisfaction that Pakistan is also exporting its defence products.

Voicing serious concerns over the human rights situation in Indian occupied Kashmir, the president said the resolution of the Kashmir dispute is imperative for ensuring peace in South Asia.

He said the entire Pakistani nation stands by their Kashmiri brothers and sisters in this hour of trial. He said Kashmir is a jugular vein of Pakistan and we will continue to raise their voice at all forums.