On Pakistan National Day, camels, parade & China jets on show

Updated: Mar 25, 2018, 07:20 AM(IST)

Pakistan Day (March 23) marks the adoption of the Lahore Resolution. It was on this day in 1940 that the Muslim leadership of the subcontinent resolved to create a separate homeland for the community in South Asia.

On Pakistan National Day, camels, parade & China jets on show

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.

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On Pakistan National Day, camels, parade & China jets on show

The tightly scripted event evoked the sweep of martial history, with garlanded camels padding in formation and swordsmen in tunics slashing the air.

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On Pakistan National Day, camels, parade & China jets on show

Pakistan's defence sucks up huge chunks of the national budget, while millions of children receive next to no education or health care.

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On Pakistan National Day, camels, parade & China jets on show

The parade also showcased the JF-17 jets that were built with technical and financial assistance from China.

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On Pakistan National Day, camels, parade & China jets on show

Experts attribute the ongoing development of the Beijing-Islamabad military ties to the fact that China deems it necessary to cooperate with Pakistan in order to counter India and boost its regional clout.

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On Pakistan National Day, camels, parade & China jets on show

And in an unprecedented move, senior Indian military officials and diplomats posted in Islamabad attended the military parade to mark the Pakistan Day.

(Photograph:AFP)

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