No peace sans Kashmir settlement, says President Arif Alvi
Spectacular Pakistan Day parade held in Islamabad
A spectacular Pakistan Day military parade, which was deferred for two days due to inclement weather on March 23, is currently underway at Parade Avenue in Islamabad amid strict implementation of coronavirus SOPs, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.
The ceremony was attended among others by Defence Minister Pervez Khattak, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee and the Services Chiefs.
The impressive ceremony kicked off with the flypast of fighter jets of Pakistan Air Force and Pakistan Navy led by Air Chief Zaheer Ahmad Babar Sidhu presenting salute to the chief guest President Arif Alvi.
Formations of F-16, JF 17, Mirage, AWACs, P-3C Orion and ATR aircraft participated in the flypast.
Pakistan’s military parade was set into motion with the soulful performance of the band from the Army School of Music.
The grand event featured contingents of the three armed forces and the security forces conducting a march past as fighter jets present aerobatic manoeuvres.
Prime Minister Imran Khan is not attending the event as he is quarantining at home after testing positive for coronavirus.
Due to coronavirus restrictions, a limited number of spectators were allowed to witness the parade. As per notifications of Deputy Commissioners Islamabad and Rawalpindi, there is local holiday in the twin cities in connection with the military parade.
President Alvi's address
Addressing the ceremony, President Arif Alvi has declared that Pakistan desired peace, security and development in the whole South Asia region but there would be no peace until the Kashmir issue was resolved.
President Alvi said South Asian countries should reject politics of hate and religious extremism and work towards promoting peace in the region.
Pakistan is capable of defending its borders and territorial integrity at all costs, Alvi said and added that the country's armed forces are always ready to give a befitting response to any misadventure from the enemy.
He said that peaceful coexistence is a major part of Pakistan's foreign policy. "Pakistan wants to move forward with good intent and peace but our desire for peace should not be construed as our weakness," he stated.
He said that apart from becoming a strong nuclear state, Pakistan is also progressing in socio-economic sectors and has achieved self-reliance in defense. He expressed satisfaction that Pakistan is also exporting its defence products.
Arif Alvi said, "Our valiant and brave forces are a symbol of our independence and sovereignty."
He said the entire nation stands shoulder to shoulder with its armed forces. He said that people of Pakistan always stand united with armed forces in case of any foreign aggression, terrorism and natural calamities.
Alvi highlighted that operation "Raddul Fassad" aimed to destroy the terrorist networks across the country and the entire world acknowledged Pakistan's successes in war against terrorism.