The 78th Pakistan Day celebrations began around the country with patriotic fervour, zeal and zest. The day began with the traditional 21 gun salutes in the provincial capitals and 31 gun salutes at the federal capital Islamabad. The tribute was followed by a joint parade of all three military forces of Pakistan; Army, Air Force, and Navy at Shakarparian Parade Avenue .
Apart from the celebration by Pakistan forces, a special tributary parade was also held by Tri Services of People’s Liberation Army of China, Saudi Special Force’s contingents and Turkish Jannisary Military band, Tri Services of People’s Liberation Army of China, and Saudi Special Force’s contingents and Turkish Jannisary Military band.
The parade is attended by Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Bajwa, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Mohammad Zakaullah and Defence Minister Khawaja Asif; while President Mamnoon Hussain is the Chief Guest. Chief of South African National Defence Force General Solly Zacharia is also among the chief dignitaries.
Here are some of the highlights of the ceremony: