Nation celebrating Pakistan Day today with commitment to ensure progress, strong defense of country

Nation celebrating Pakistan Day today with commitment to ensure progress, strong defense of country

The nation is celebrating Pakistan Day today with a commitment to ensure progress, prosperity and a strong defense of the country.

The day is being observed to commemorate 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 in provincial capitals.  

Special prayers were offered in mosques after Fajr prayers for progress and prosperity of the country.  

Pakistan Day ParadeMeanwhile, the spectacular and colorful Pakistan Day parade is underway at Parade Avenue in Islamabad with three wings of the armed forces displaying their professionalism and military prowess.

The ceremony commenced with the recitation of Holy Quran. After the national anthem was played, President Dr Arif Alvi observed the parade from a jeep.

A formation of Pakistan Air Force jets presented a fly-past as a salute to the president.

Prime Minister Imran Khan, Defence Minister Pervez Khattak, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Zubair Mehmood Hayat, Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Naval Chief Admiral Zafar Mehmood Abbasi are present at the ceremony.

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad is the guest of honor of the parade.

Minister of Defence of the Republic of Azerbaijan Colonel General Zakir Hasanov, Commander National Guard of Bahrain Sheikh Mohamed Bin Isa Bin Salman Al-Khalifa, foreign diplomats, a large number of people from all walks of life, including artists, sportsmen, women, and children are also witnessing the parade.

Investiture ceremony will be held at Aiwan-e-SadarAn 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.