ISLAMABAD: The nation is celebrating the 82nd Pakistan Day with zeal and fervour today (March 23), with the joint armed forces parade going on in full swing in the federal capital to exhibit the country’s military prowess and cultural diversities.
Prime Minister Imran Khan, Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Naval Chief Admiral Ajmal Khan Niazi, Chairman Joint Chief of Staff Committee General Nadeem Raza and Defence Minister Pervaiz Khattak are at the venue attending the arms show.
The parade will include contingents of the tri-services, paramilitary forces and civil armed forces, whereas the troops from Pakistan’s friend countries will also participate in the show.
One of the important highlights of the parade will be the fly-past of the newly inducted J-10C fighter jets. The J-10C aircrafts, equipped with cutting-edge technology, were inducted into the Pakistan Air Force’s squadron earlier this month.
The commandos of the Special Services Group (SSG) will also demonstrate their skills during the parade.
Another colourful attraction of the event would be the display of floats, representing all four provinces, including Azad Jammu & Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan.
Meanwhile, the participants of 48th Session of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation’s (OIC) Council of Foreign Ministers will also attend the Pakistan Day parade on special invitation. This year’s theme is “Shad Rahe Pakistan” (May Pakistan Be Happy) and which is adapted from the words “Markaz e Yaqeen Shad Bad” in our national anthem (Blessed be the citadel of faith).
Moreover, the theme “Shad Rahe Pakistan” is also the title of the latest enthralling national song recently released by the Inter-Services Public. The song is written and sung by lyricist and singer Shuja Haider, with vocalist Yashal Shahid.
شاد رہے پاکستان pic.twitter.com/4A3DeCswsy— DG ISPR (@OfficialDGISPR) March 21, 2022
Moreover, the ISPR also issued a short public message to pay homage to the nation and the father of the nation.
Earlier, President Dr Arif Alvi issued a special statement, on the occasion.
The statement, released on the official Twitter account of President of Pakistan, embodies messages for the nation about independence, national stability, supremacy of law, human and minority rights to mention some.
“Achieving national freedom is considered as half work. The remaining half, being crucial for a state’s security and stability, is equally important. This includes blending of various ethnic and minority groups into a single nation, ensuring the supremacy of law, eliminating terrorism and internal disturbances, achieving economic growth, promoting good relations with the world and above all, protecting human rights of all the citizens of the state,” the statement read.
The statement comprised a thread embedded below:
the British that partitioning of the subcontinent could not be delayed any further, and that the Congress was not a representative political party of the Muslims.— The President of Pakistan (@PresOfPakistan) March 23, 2022
On this historic day, therefore, it becomes our duty to pay homage to the founding fathers of this nation for
in the valley, forcible disappearances, persecution of minorities, communication blockade, and extra-judicial killings are sufficient grounds to believe that the leadership of that time had clearly visualised what was in store for them if they had remained at the mercy of the— The President of Pakistan (@PresOfPakistan) March 23, 2022
single nation, ensuring the supremacy of law, curbing differences on the basis of social and class status, eliminating terrorism and internal disturbances, achieving economic growth, promoting good relations with the world, especially with the neighbouring countries, and— The President of Pakistan (@PresOfPakistan) March 23, 2022
The day will not be far away when Pakistan becomes an economically strong and prosperous country.— The President of Pakistan (@PresOfPakistan) March 23, 2022
We need to stand united and collectively work for the unity & socio-economic development of the country to materialize the dream of our forefathers. May Allah be with us all. Ameen!