How Pakistan Day is being observed officially across Pakistan?
ISLAMABAD - The nation is observing Pakistan Day today with a renewed pledge to make Pakistan a developed and progressive country with a strong defence.
Today's ceremonies mark commemoration of the passage of Lahore Resolution on this day in 1940, under which the Muslims of the sub-continent set the agenda of a separate homeland for themselves.
The day dawned with thirty-one-gun salute in the federal capital and twenty-one-gun salute each in provincial capitals.
Special prayers were offered in mosques after prayers for progress and prosperity of the country.
The main feature of the day was a spectacular military parade at Parade Avenue in Islamabad where three wings of the armed forces demonstrated their professionalism and military prowess.
Contingents of Pakistan Armed Forces marched past the dais presenting salute to the chief guest and the guest of honor.
The parade also featured troops from Azerbaijan, China, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Bahrain and Sri Lanka.
Mechanized columns including tanks, armored personnel carriers, rocket launchers, air defense system, tactical communication system, indigenously built UAVs, short and long ranged missiles Ra'ad, Nasr, Ghauri and Shaheen were showcased on the occasion.
Formations of fighter jets of the Pakistan Air Force, Turkish and Chinese air forces presented breathtaking aerobatic maneuvers spreading a range of colors in the skies.
Paratroopers from Pakistan Army, Air Force and Navy demonstrated marvelous free fall. There was also similar demonstration by the paratroopers from Saudi Arabia, Azerbaijan, Sri Lanka, Bahrain and Brunai.
Floats depicting culture of Azad Kashmir, Gilgit Baltistan and the four provinces added colour to the celebrations.
Prime Minister Imran Khan, Defence Minister Pervez Khattak, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Zubair Mehmood Hayat, Services Chiefs witnessed the parade.
Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad was the guest of honor of the parade.
Pakistan HC in Sri Lanka celebrated 79th National Day of Pakistan
Pakistan High Commission and the Pakistani community based in Sri Lanka celebrated the 79th National Day of Pakistan with traditional fervor and resolve to make Pakistan a strong, vibrant, progressive, democratic and welfare state.
High Commissioner of Pakistan, Maj. Gen. (R) Dr. Shahid Ahmad Hashmat unfurled the Pakistani flag to the tune of Pakistan's national anthem in a ceremony held at the Pakistan High Commission this morning.
Special messages by the President and the Prime Minister of Pakistan were readout at the occasion. Investiture ceremony will be held at Aiwan-e-Sadar
An investiture ceremony will also be held at Aiwan-e-Sadar in the evening where the President will confer civil awards on individuals demonstrating feats in different fields of science and arts.
One hundred and seventy-one personalities, including some foreigners, have been selected for this year's awards.
Radio Pakistan and Pakistan Television will broadcast special programmes today highlighting the struggle for Pakistan and importance of the day.
Different organizations and societies have also arranged functions and ceremonies to commemorate the day and inculcate a spirit for progress, prosperity and defense of the country.