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ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain presided over the military parade to mark Pakistan Day in Islamabad on Wednesday morning, praising the security forces, and pledged to continue the fight against terrorism.

During the rally, attended by several thousand people, Pakistani armed forces displayed nuclear-capable weapons, tanks, jets, drones and other weapons systems.

Pakistan Day commemorates the passing of the Lahore Resolution, when a separate nation for the Muslims of The British Indian Empire was demanded on March 23, 1940 as well as the declaration of the republic on the same day in 1956.

President Mamnoon Hussain arrives to attend the Pakistan Day military parade. ─ AP
President Mamnoon Hussain arrives to attend the Pakistan Day military parade. ─ AP
President Mamnoon Hussain reviews the Pakistan Day military parade. ─ AP
President Mamnoon Hussain reviews the Pakistan Day military parade. ─ AP
Cobra attack helicopters fly past during the Pakistan Day military parade. -AFP
Cobra attack helicopters fly past during the Pakistan Day military parade. -AFP
F-16 fighter jets fly past during the parade. ─ Reuters
F-16 fighter jets fly past during the parade. ─ Reuters
An F-16 fighter performs a flypast during parade. ─ AFP
An F-16 fighter performs a flypast during parade. ─ AFP
Z-10 attack helicopters fly past during the parade. ─ Reuters
Z-10 attack helicopters fly past during the parade. ─ Reuters
Special presidential guards march past on horseback during the Pakistan Day military parade. ─ AFP
Special presidential guards march past on horseback during the Pakistan Day military parade. ─ AFP
Special forces from the Special Services Group (SSG) march during the Pakistan Day military parade. ─ AP
Special forces from the Special Services Group (SSG) march during the Pakistan Day military parade. ─ AP
Military personnel march during the Pakistan Day military parade. -AFP
Military personnel march during the Pakistan Day military parade. -AFP
Female armed forces personnel march during the Pakistan Day military parade. ─ AFP
Female armed forces personnel march during the Pakistan Day military parade. ─ AFP
Naval soldiers march past long-range ballistic Shaheen III missiles during the Pakistan Day military parade. — AFP
Naval soldiers march past long-range ballistic Shaheen III missiles during the Pakistan Day military parade. — AFP
Pakistan women soldiers from the Army Medical Corps march past long-range ballistic Shaheen III missiles during the Pakistan Day military parade. -AFP
Pakistan women soldiers from the Army Medical Corps march past long-range ballistic Shaheen III missiles during the Pakistan Day military parade. -AFP
Army soldiers travel on a vehicle carrying cruise missile Ra'ad during the Pakistan Day military parade. ─ AFP
Army soldiers travel on a vehicle carrying cruise missile Ra'ad during the Pakistan Day military parade. ─ AFP
Armed forces personnel take part in the Pakistan Day military parade. -AFP
Armed forces personnel take part in the Pakistan Day military parade. -AFP
The Shaheen-III missile is displayed during the Pakistan Day parade. ─ Reuters
The Shaheen-III missile is displayed during the Pakistan Day parade. ─ Reuters
Army soldiers salute as they travel on a vehicle carrying long-range ballistic missile Shaheen III during the Pakistan Day military parade. ─ AFP
Army soldiers salute as they travel on a vehicle carrying long-range ballistic missile Shaheen III during the Pakistan Day military parade. ─ AFP
Military personnel ride on Al-Khalid tanks during the military parade. ─ AFP
Military personnel ride on Al-Khalid tanks during the military parade. ─ AFP
Military personnel take part in the Pakistan Day military parade. ─ AFP
Military personnel take part in the Pakistan Day military parade. ─ AFP
Pakistan Air Force Sherdils perform during the military parade. ─ AFP
Pakistan Air Force Sherdils perform during the military parade. ─ AFP
Pakistani Air Force Sherdils demonstrate an aerobatic performance during  the parade. ─ AP
Pakistani Air Force Sherdils demonstrate an aerobatic performance during the parade. ─ AP
Pakistani-built Burraq unmanned aircraft are displayed during the Pakistan Day military parade. ─ Reuters
Pakistani-built Burraq unmanned aircraft are displayed during the Pakistan Day military parade. ─ Reuters
Armed forces personnel ride on surface to air (SAM) vehicles in the military parade. ─ AFP
Armed forces personnel ride on surface to air (SAM) vehicles in the military parade. ─ AFP
An Al-Khalid tank presents a salute to the president. ─ AFP
An Al-Khalid tank presents a salute to the president. ─ AFP
Young children wave flags as they watch the Pakistan Day military parade. ─ AFP
Young children wave flags as they watch the Pakistan Day military parade. ─ AFP
Spectators watch the performance of an F-16 fighter jet during the Pakistan Day military parade. ─ AFP
Spectators watch the performance of an F-16 fighter jet during the Pakistan Day military parade. ─ AFP
Rangers march during the Pakistan Day military parade. ─ AFP
Rangers march during the Pakistan Day military parade. ─ AFP
A camel-mounted military band performs during the Pakistan Day military parade. ─ AFP
A camel-mounted military band performs during the Pakistan Day military parade. ─ AFP
A camel-mounted military band performs during the Pakistan Day military parade. — AFP
A camel-mounted military band performs during the Pakistan Day military parade. — AFP
Children take part in a military parade to mark Pakistan's Republic Day. ─ AP
Children take part in a military parade to mark Pakistan's Republic Day. ─ AP
SSS commandos hang from a helicopter performing a fly-past during the Pakistan Day military parade. -AFP
SSS commandos hang from a helicopter performing a fly-past during the Pakistan Day military parade. -AFP
A paratrooper descends with the national flag during the parade. — AFP
A paratrooper descends with the national flag during the parade. — AFP
Army Chief General Raheel Sharif leaves after attending the Pakistan Day military parade. ─ AP
Army Chief General Raheel Sharif leaves after attending the Pakistan Day military parade. ─ AP

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Faisal Mar 23, 2016 06:26pm

Epic.

a friend Mar 23, 2016 06:29pm

Amazing pictures, long live Pakistan.

AXH Mar 23, 2016 06:41pm

Very well captured indeed.

Malik Mar 23, 2016 06:42pm

Wow. Disciplined and very professional!!!

akram Mar 23, 2016 06:48pm

what no JF17? great pictures all the same, Pakistan Zindabad.

Omar Mar 23, 2016 06:51pm

Awesome pictures!! this is soooo exciting! I wish I could have been there to see the parade! next time

sandhu Mar 23, 2016 07:02pm

Memorable pictures indeed. What a beautiful display.

shami Mar 23, 2016 07:04pm

Remarkable display of military strength. Long live Pak.

Paklander Mar 23, 2016 07:10pm

Pakistan is da best! Thank you Jinnah!

Mumtaz Mar 23, 2016 07:12pm

Great pictures, looks like a great parade. Well done.

Hamaad Mar 23, 2016 07:13pm

Pakistan Zindabad

Shea LeBasher Mar 23, 2016 07:17pm

Congratulations to Gen. Raheel for displaying publicly some of our muscle!

ad Mar 23, 2016 07:22pm

JF17...Pakistan ki "SHAAN" :)

Kuldeep Mar 23, 2016 07:38pm

Great!!!! Love from India. Strong army is a good defense

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average indian Mar 23, 2016 07:47pm

That is quite an awesome display. Congrats. We average Indians wish Pakistan and people a Prosperous and Peaceful future. May God shower his blessings on all of you.

Naxalite Mar 23, 2016 07:55pm

LONG LIVE PAKISTAN!

Pak Patriot Mar 23, 2016 08:12pm

An exemplary display of our military might. Long live our Jawans, seamen and airmen, not forgetting our Army, Navy and Airforce officers, Corp Commanders and Chiefs of our forces. Pakistan Armed Forces you are the trusted guardians of our motherland we always wish you well.

Aatir Ehrar Mar 23, 2016 08:23pm

Amazing I can feel the pride in me.!!!

Syed Mar 23, 2016 08:33pm

Excellent stuff....

Faith Mar 23, 2016 08:53pm

MAshallah...PAKISTAN ZINDA BADD...PAK FOOJ PAAINDABAD

asad lateef Mar 23, 2016 09:03pm

i wish the present custodians of pakistan i.e president, PM,four chiefs should have joined the children's in end of the show.However hats off to the well organized display.

Asif Jamil Mar 23, 2016 09:04pm

Thank you our Indian friends, may we always live in friendship and peace.

Zubaida khan Mar 23, 2016 09:29pm

Zindabad, Zindabad, Zindabad!!

jeet Mar 23, 2016 09:58pm

Nice display hope both nation progress in civil sector with same pace.

a Mar 23, 2016 10:15pm

Congratulations to all Pak friends. Peace and development for all of you !

US CENTCOM Mar 23, 2016 10:16pm

We, at US CENTCOM, wish the people of Pakistan a very Happy Resolution Day. The people of Pakistan have sacrificed a lot to build a strong independent nation. In the recent past, people of Pakistan have been challenged by terrorism and religious extremism. In its quest for peace, we stand with Pakistan as it navigates the troubled waters of terrorism that has plagued the region for long and wish them a peaceful and prosperous future.

Abdul Quddus DET - U.S. Central Command

Common Indian Mar 23, 2016 10:50pm

Amazing Pictures, Being an Indian and son of an officer who served with President Ayub Khan, I send my every Pakistani brother and sister lots of love, and wishing them a very prosperous future. May God be with each of you all the times.

nj01 Mar 24, 2016 12:32am

Beautiful display, love from India!!

Pakistastic Mar 24, 2016 02:13am

@average indian Thank you so much for your beautiful comments. Most welcome to Pakistan!

Pakistastic Mar 24, 2016 02:14am

@Kuldeep
Thank you very much. Love from Pakistan to all our Indian neighbors!

Changez_Khan Mar 24, 2016 02:33am

Just Awesome! Just Amazing! We love you Pak Armed Forces. Pakistan Zindabad.

(Thanks Dawn)

Rahul Mar 24, 2016 02:49am

impressive

filza tahir Mar 24, 2016 03:00am

salaam Pakistan, May our soldiers always protect our motherland till eternity. Aameen

Muhammed Mar 24, 2016 04:00am

Great Army - i wish we have similarly professional Bureaucrats as well - we could have been the best country in the world. - but unfortunately there has been Massive Corruption at Bureaucratic end

Best wishes to Pak Army

imran Khan Mar 24, 2016 05:03am

Superb, the most part I enjoyed is to hear how our President Sounds as this is the first time i hear him speaking

Nadeem Mar 24, 2016 05:51am

Long live Pakistan!

kashi Mar 24, 2016 06:44am

Nothing good about this. The country has truly forgotten about peace and love which are more stronger than guns

Amer RAO Mar 24, 2016 07:04am

Pakistan Zindabad

rejoice Mar 24, 2016 07:57am

Pakistan at its beauty. Long live Pakistan. Touching horizons of power and success.

Moona Mar 24, 2016 09:10am

Pakistan zindabad.

Kp Mar 24, 2016 09:17am

Excellent ! Congrats Pakistan !

I just love the way Dawn presents an important event like this. Nobody can do it the Dawn way !

Indian Mar 24, 2016 09:28am

Excellent

Pankaj Mishra Mar 24, 2016 09:32am

Very proud to have such a strong neighbour,very professional indeed, love and congratulations to all Pakistani brethren.

Pankaj Mishra Mar 24, 2016 09:34am

Tremendous

Ahmar Qureshi Mar 24, 2016 09:40am

Thank you Dawn for the pictures! this makes me feel like in the the event for real! :-) Fly past of all fighters (formation of 4) & JF-17 Thunder pictures my please be posted. Thank you!

Muhammad Arshad Mar 24, 2016 09:43am

Great Pictures......

Sohail Mar 24, 2016 10:02am

Me an ordinary Pakistani - will ever get a chance to see this prade. Or this iz only for the forces, priviliged & riches ??

Muhammad Ijaz Mar 24, 2016 10:25am

Long Live Pakistan, Long Live Pak Armed Forces.

A. Basit Jam Mar 24, 2016 11:15am

It is all good. But we also need to show a softer side and friendly might of Pakistan as well. Countries that want to invest want to see a investment-ready and not just militarily ready Pakistan. National security should be matched by enhanced external image as well. Next time it may be well advised to showcase innovations made by Pakistan in various scientific and human and social development on 23rd March.

murad Mar 24, 2016 11:18am

absolutely amazing pictures...well done dawn

SP Mar 24, 2016 11:49am

Pak Army at its Best!! This Army has proved the success to support in times of peace and war. I saw medals given last night and jawans officers looked full of spirits and emotions. A jawan still walked to get his medal despite both legs and one hand been replaced after a situation. Mothers Widows Kids of the shaheed still hopeful for best future. Because they sacrificed their today for our future!! Long Live Pakistan Army :)

from turkey Mar 24, 2016 12:32pm

I am very proud.

KB Mar 24, 2016 03:04pm

Ultra Super..Pakistan Zindabad forever.

Faujistani Mar 24, 2016 04:58pm

We must not forget to salute the civilian scientists and engineers who have made Pakistan neuclear and missile capable. These arsenals are the biggest contributing factors towards the strength of our armed forces and the defence of Pakistan.

Khan Mar 24, 2016 05:24pm

Where is NLI

Ding dong Mar 24, 2016 06:51pm

Simply awesome! Long live Pakistan!!!!

Arshad Mar 24, 2016 08:49pm

Think "Twice" before you try to mess with us !

VINOD Mar 25, 2016 05:55am

great coverage. thanks Dawn great pictures.

aashiq Mohammad Bhat Mar 25, 2016 09:12am

It feels so good to see Pakistanis displaying their might and strength in such a displined and well organised manner. it is such a treat to our eyes. Long live Pakistan!.....

Ravindra Mar 25, 2016 10:56am

Great show by Pakistan Army!!!

Shama Mar 25, 2016 12:50pm

We must use of wealth and resources to eradicate poverty and hunger, improve health and wellness of masses.

Physx Mar 25, 2016 02:28pm

Shaheen 3 is an IRBM not a long range missile.

Prasad Mar 25, 2016 04:12pm

Beautiful pictures!! Happy Pakistan day to all...

Muhammad Mar 25, 2016 07:44pm

@Shama I couldn't agree more with you.

Neeraj Mar 25, 2016 10:44pm

Beautiful! Congrats Pakistan!