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Female soldiers of the Pakistan Army chant 'Long Live Pakistan' during a military parade in Islamabad, Pakistan, Friday, March 23, 2018. Pakistanis celebrated their National Day with a military parade in the capital, Islamabad, showcasing short- and long-range missiles, tanks, jets, drones and other hardware. Troops, including female soldiers, marched past a stand with political and military leaders. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed) — Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

Pakistan exhibits military might on Republic Day

Armed forces displayed nuclear-capable weapons, tanks, jets, drones and other weapons systems during a military parade.
Published Mar 23, 2018 08:32pm

The nation is celebrating Pakistan Day 2018 across the country on Friday with traditional zeal and fervour.

Pakistan Day commemorates the passing of the Lahore Resolution on March 23, 1940, when the All-India Muslim League demanded a separate nation for the Muslims of the British Indian Empire.

Pakistan's armed forces displayed nuclear-capable weapons, tanks, jets, drones and other weapons systems during a joint military parade held at Parade Ground in Islamabad to mark the day.

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Defence Minister Khurrum Dastagir, Chief of Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa, Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan, Naval Chief Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi and Chairman Joint Chief of Staff Committee Zubair Mehmood Hayat were also present at the ceremony.

The parade also showcased local cultures with floats from Sindh, Punjab, Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Gilgit Baltistan and Azad Kashmir .

President Mamnoon Hussain arrives at the venue for the Pakistan Day military parade in islamabad. ─AFP
President Mamnoon Hussain arrives at the venue for the Pakistan Day military parade in islamabad. ─AFP

Pakistani border soldiers march past during the Pakistan Day military parade in Islamabad. ─AFP
Pakistani border soldiers march past during the Pakistan Day military parade in Islamabad. ─AFP

Troops from the Special Services Group (SSG) march during the Pakistan Day military parade in Islamabad. ─AFP
Troops from the Special Services Group (SSG) march during the Pakistan Day military parade in Islamabad. ─AFP

President Mamnoon Hussain inspects a guard of honour during a Pakistan Day military parade in Islamabad. ─AFP
President Mamnoon Hussain inspects a guard of honour during a Pakistan Day military parade in Islamabad. ─AFP

Troops perform during the Pakistan Day military parade in Islamabad. ─AFP
Troops perform during the Pakistan Day military parade in Islamabad. ─AFP

Tank crews steer their vehicles during the Pakistan Day military parade in Islamabad. ─AFP
Tank crews steer their vehicles during the Pakistan Day military parade in Islamabad. ─AFP

Armed forces soldiers march past during the Pakistan Day military parade in Islamabad. ─AFP
Armed forces soldiers march past during the Pakistan Day military parade in Islamabad. ─AFP

Pakistani soldiers march past during the Pakistan Day military parade in Islamabad. ─AFP
Pakistani soldiers march past during the Pakistan Day military parade in Islamabad. ─AFP

A trooper performs during the Pakistan Day military parade in Islamabad. ─AFP
A trooper performs during the Pakistan Day military parade in Islamabad. ─AFP

A Pakistani JF-17 thunder aircraft fly by during the Pakistan Day military parade in Islamabad. ─AFP
A Pakistani JF-17 thunder aircraft fly by during the Pakistan Day military parade in Islamabad. ─AFP

Army soldiers travel on a vehicle carrying long-range ballistic Shaheen II missiles during the Pakistan Day military parade in Islamabad. ─AFP
Army soldiers travel on a vehicle carrying long-range ballistic Shaheen II missiles during the Pakistan Day military parade in Islamabad. ─AFP

An Indian delegation including Indian Army officer Sanjay Vishwasrao watch the Pakistan Day military parade in Islamabad. ─AFP
An Indian delegation including Indian Army officer Sanjay Vishwasrao watch the Pakistan Day military parade in Islamabad. ─AFP

Pakistani artists perform during a Pakistan Day military parade in Islamabad. ─AFP
Pakistani artists perform during a Pakistan Day military parade in Islamabad. ─AFP

Pakistani military personnel travel on a tank during a Pakistan Day military parade in Islamabad. ─AFP
Pakistani military personnel travel on a tank during a Pakistan Day military parade in Islamabad. ─AFP

Pakistani jets perform aerobatic manoeuvres during the Pakistan Day military parade in Islamabad. ─AFP
Pakistani jets perform aerobatic manoeuvres during the Pakistan Day military parade in Islamabad. ─AFP

Pakistani Air Force jets demonstrate an aerobatic performance during a military parade in Islamabad. ─AP
Pakistani Air Force jets demonstrate an aerobatic performance during a military parade in Islamabad. ─AP

Pakistan Army Chief Qamar Javed Bajwa, Naval Chief Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi, and a top officer of Pakistan Air Force arrive for a military parade in Islamabad. ─AP
Pakistan Army Chief Qamar Javed Bajwa, Naval Chief Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi, and a top officer of Pakistan Air Force arrive for a military parade in Islamabad. ─AP

Pakistani missiles are on display during the Pakistan Day military parade in Islamabad. ─AP
Pakistani missiles are on display during the Pakistan Day military parade in Islamabad. ─AP

Soldiers stand beside Ra'ad I missiles on display during the Pakistan Day military parade in Islamabad. ─AP
Soldiers stand beside Ra'ad I missiles on display during the Pakistan Day military parade in Islamabad. ─AP

Female soldiers of Pakistan Army march during the Pakistan Day military parade in Islamabad. ─AP
Female soldiers of Pakistan Army march during the Pakistan Day military parade in Islamabad. ─AP

President Mamnoon Hussain arrives to attend the Pakistan Day military parade in Islamabad. ─AP
President Mamnoon Hussain arrives to attend the Pakistan Day military parade in Islamabad. ─AP

Visiting Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena arrives to attend the Pakistan Day military parade in Islamabad. ─AP
Visiting Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena arrives to attend the Pakistan Day military parade in Islamabad. ─AP

Pakistan's presidential guards ride on camels during the Pakistan Day military parade in Islamabad. ─AP
Pakistan's presidential guards ride on camels during the Pakistan Day military parade in Islamabad. ─AP

Female soldiers of the Pakistan Army chant 'Long Live Pakistan' during the Pakistan Day military parade in Islamabad. ─AP
Female soldiers of the Pakistan Army chant 'Long Live Pakistan' during the Pakistan Day military parade in Islamabad. ─AP