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ISLAMABAD (Staff Report) – The nation celebrated Pakistan Day on Wednesday with a pledge to make the country stronger by wiping out the menace of terrorism, achieving sustainable economic growth and political stability.

The day marks the historic event of 1940, when the Lahore Resolution was passed demanding a separate homeland for Muslims of the subcontinent, dawned with a 31-gun salute in the federal capital and 21-gun salutes in provincial capitals.

From where it all started: Fireworks at Minar-e-Pakistan in Lahore.–Online
From where it all started: Fireworks at Minar-e-Pakistan in Lahore.–Online

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The highlight of the day is the joint military parade which was held at the Parade Ground near the Shakarparian hills in Islamabad.

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Army personnel take part in Pakistan Day parade in Islamabad.–Online
Army personnel take part in Pakistan Day parade in Islamabad.–Online
Troops from various regiments of armed forces, during the march-past.–Online
Troops from various regiments of armed forces, during the march-past.–Online

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, President Mamnoon Hussain, Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif, Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Mohammad Zakaullah and Defence Minister Khawaja Asif witnessed the parade, and were later joined by Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman on the podium.

President Mamnoon Hussain arrives at Parade Ground, Islamabad.–Online
President Mamnoon Hussain arrives at Parade Ground, Islamabad.–Online

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Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif arrives at Parade Ground, Islamabad.–Online
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif arrives at Parade Ground, Islamabad.–Online

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Army Chief General Raheel Sharif arrives at Parade Ground, Islamabad.–Online
Army Chief General Raheel Sharif arrives at Parade Ground, Islamabad.–Online
President Mamnoon Hussain delivers speech.–Online
President Mamnoon Hussain delivers speech.–Online

Contingents of the Pakistan Army, Pakistan Air Force, Pakistan Navy, Frontier Corps and Pakistan Rangers held a march-past and performed a salute to President of Pakistan.

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Rescue workers celebrate Pakistan Day in Attock.–Online
Rescue workers celebrate Pakistan Day in Attock.–Online
Floats during Pakistan Day parade.–Online
Floats during Pakistan Day parade.–Online

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The national flag was hoisted atop all government buildings to mark the day, a public holiday.

Governor Balochistan hoists national flag in Quetta.–Online
Governor Balochistan hoists national flag in Quetta.–Online

Special prayers were offered in mosques after morning prayers for the integrity and solidarity of the country.

Children presents cultural dance in Quetta.–Online
Children presents cultural dance in Quetta.–Online

Pakistan held a similar parade last year to mark Republic Day after a gap of seven years in Islamabad.

Earlier during the day a change of guard ceremony was held by the armed forces at the mausoleum of founding father Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.

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Stringent security measures were taken in view of the military parade.

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A cycle rally in Karachi.–Online
A cycle rally in Karachi.–Online

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Portraits of Pakistan Movement leaders on a wall in Faisalabad.–Online
Portraits of Pakistan Movement leaders on a wall in Faisalabad.–Online
Air show in Karachi.–Online
Air show in Karachi.–Online

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