Published On: Wed, Mar 23rd, 2016

Nation celebrates Pakistan Day with traditional zeal


ISLAMABAD: Pakistan celebrated the 76th anniversary of Resolution Day on Wednesday with traditional fervor and zeal, renewing the pledge to wipe out terrorism from the country and making efforts for the world peace.

The day (March 23), which marked the historic event in 1940 when the Lahore Resolution was passed demanding a separate homeland for Muslims of the subcontinent, dawned with a 31-gun salute in the federal capital and 21-gun salutes in provincial capitals.

Special prayers were offered in mosques after morning prayers for the integrity, solidarity and prosperity of the country.

It was a public holiday and national flag hoisted a top all the government buildings.

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

President Mamnoon Hussain, Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, Defence Minister, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, Chief of Army Staff, Chief of Naval  Staff and Vice Chief of Air Staff were prominent among those who witnessed the parade, aircraft’s fly-past and paratroopers jumps.

Troops of the parade including foot columns of Army, Navy, Pakistan Air Force, Frontier Corps, Northern Light Infantry, Mujahid Force, Islamabad Police, tri-service Lady officers, tri-service Armed Forces Nursing Service, Girls Guide, Boys Scouts, Special
Service Group from three Services, mechanized columns of Armored Corps, Artillery, Army Air Defence, Signals, Engineers, Army Strategic Force Command, Camel Band and  President’s body guards exhibited their professional worth and skills.

Fighter aircraft of PAF, Pakistan Navy and helicopters of the Army Aviation presented the fly-past, while there was a heart warming show by the Sherdil formation, JF-17 Thunder and F-16 (Fighting Falcon) of PAF.

Skydivers of the three services performed para-jumps.

The air power show enthralled not only the audience present in the parade venue, but also the entire nation who viewed the performance of blaring and  colour-emitting fighter jets on their television screens.

Besides other activities, a change of guard ceremony was held at the tomb of national poet Allama Muhammad Iqbal in Lahore in the morning.

Sindh Governor, Dr. Ishratul Ebad Khan, Sindh Chief Minister, Syed Qaim Ali Shah and members of the Sindh Cabinet visited mausoleum of Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, to pay homage to founder of the nation, on the occasion of Pakistan Day.

Various political, social, religious, and literary organizations arranged functions to highlight importance of the Pakistan Resolution that paved the way for the creation of an independent homeland for the Muslims of the Indian Sub-continent.

Photo exhibitions were arranged at the arts galleries in different cities depicting different aspects of Independence Movement and photographs of the founding fathers.

The day was also celebrated with traditional zeal and enthusiasm in Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir.

The Pakistan Day functions were also held at Pakistani missions abroad where ambassadors and high commissioners unfurled the national flag and read out the messages of the President and the Prime Minister.

Radio Pakistan, Pakistan Television and other electronic channels broadcast special programmes on the occasion, while newspapers published special supplements, highlighting significance of the day.

Foolproof security arrangements were made to avoid any untoward incident, besides a special traffic plan for the day in the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad.


About the Author

Syed Ammar Alavi

- is Lahore (Pakistan) based journalist & writer with 25-year experience in print, wire and broadcast forms of journalism. His major fields of interest are politics, film,tv,sports, climate change and technology