23rd March Pakistan Day is being celebrated today across the country with respect, traditional passion, and admiration. Pakistani people will be celebrating the day with a renewal of their potential of faith and loyalty to their beloved nation. The nation will also make a renewed commitment to work hard for the progress and success of the motherland.
Islamabad will mark the day with a 31-gun salute in honor of the occasion, with provincial capitals including Karachi, Lahore, Quetta, and Peshawar to follow suit with 21-gun salutes. Pakistan Day is observed on March 23 every year to commemorate the passage of Lahore Resolution on this day, in 1940, when the Muslims of the subcontinent set the agenda of a separate homeland for themselves.
Special prayers offered in mosques after the Fajr (morning) ones for the progress and success of the Pakistan, while the national flag will be raised on all major government buildings. The main feature of the day will be the grand military parade in Islamabad, where groups of the three armed forces and the security forces will conduct March past.
Various airplanes belonging to Army Aviation and Pakistan Air Force (PAF) are scheduled to prove aerobatic feats for the audience. Similarly, combat and attack helicopters, as well as skydivers of airborne units from the three armed forces, will also showcase their skills. The parade will also showcase cultures of all the four provinces.
Cultural delegates and floats from Sindh, Punjab, Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Gilgit-Baltistan, and Azad Kashmir will feature during the ceremony.
Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammad will be the guest of honour at the parade, whereas President Dr Arif Alvi, Prime Minister Imran Khan, ministers, members of the Parliament, the three services chiefs, and diplomats will also witness the parade. The defence minister of Azerbaijan, the Bahraini army chief, and some government officials from Oman will also attend the Pakistan Day ceremony.
Various contingents from Azerbaijan, Bahrain, China, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, and Turkey will participate in the Parade. An inauguration ceremony will also be held at the President House in the evening where Dr. Arif Alvi will confer civil awards on individuals demonstrating feats in different fields of science and arts. In all, 171 personalities, including some foreigners, have been selected for this year’s awards.
Pakistan missions abroad as well as different organizations and societies will also arrange functions and ceremonies to commemorate the Pakistan Day and inculcate a spirit for the progress, prosperity, and defence of the country.