Pakistan showcases China-built J-17 Thunder, US F-16 aircraft on National Day

Every year on March 23, Pakistan celebrates its National Day in recognition of the passage of the Lahore Declaration on that day in 1940 calling for the creation of a separate state of Pakistan. 

Pakistan National Day

Pakistan marks its National Day on 23 March in recognition of the passage of the Lahore Declaration on that day in 1940 calling for the creation of a separate state of Pakistan. 

The main celebration is held in Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan.

Usually, the President of Pakistan is the Chief Guest; also the attended in public are Prime Minister of Pakistan alongside the cabinet ministers, military chiefs of staff and chairman joint chiefs. 

This year, the parade was attended by Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, who was invited to attend as the chief guest and Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan. 

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Turkish Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon

The image shows a Turkish pilot waving from the Turkish Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon during the Pakistan Day parade.  

A full inter-services joint military parade is rehearsed and broadcast live by the news media all over the country.

Pakistan military inter-services also shows a glance of its power and capabilities during this parade. 

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J-F 17 thunder

The image shows a Pakistani fighter jet J-F 17 thunder performs during the Pakistan Day parade. 

India had announced a boycott of Pakistan National Day events amid tensions between the two countries over the 14 February suicide attack at Pulwama.

The foreign ministry confirmed that India’s high commissioner to Pakistan, Ajay Bisaria, would not attend any official function in Islamabad. 

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Chinese J10 fighter jet

The image shows a Chinese J10 fighter jet performs during the Pakistan Day parade. 

Pakistan wants peace with India and they should focus on health and education, the Pakistani president said during a parade to show off its military might during its Republic Day celebrations.

"We do not believe in war and want to solve problems through dialogue," President Arif Alvi said in his Pakistani Republic Day speech.

"Instead of war we should focus on education and health."

"Today's parade is sending the message that we are a peaceful people but we will never be oblivious of our defence," Alvi said.

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Pakistani J-7 Thunder

A Pakistani J-7 Thunder fighter jet performs during the Pakistan Day parade. 

Imran Khan said on Twitter earlier that he had received a message from Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi with his best wishes for Republic Day and calling for peace and regional cooperation. 

"I welcome PM Modi's message to our people," Khan said.

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Turkish Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon

The image shows a Turkish Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon performs during the Pakistan Day parade. 

In the recent past, India had sent the minister of state in the ministry of external affairs Gen VK Singh, Former minister of state in the ministry of external affairs MJ Akbar and minister of state in agriculture ministry Gajendra Singh Shekhawat as New Delhi's representative to the national day.

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Pakistani fighter jet

The image shows Pakistani fighter jets perform during the Pakistan Day parade. 

It is part of a diplomatic tradition that a host country is invited to importation national events by any embassy or high commission and the host country deputies a political representative according to the nature of relationship it has.

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Pakistani army aviation helicopters

The image shows Pakistani army aviation helicopters fly past the Pakistan Day parade. 

India has been taking a strong stance against Pakistan's outreach to Hurriyat. In January this year, India summoned the Pakistani high commissioner Sohail Mahmood after Pakistani Foreign Minister SM Qureshi spoke to Hurriyat leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq.

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