ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain termed Pakistan’s defence as impregnable and said the country’s conventional and nuclear capabilities were meant to ensure global and regional peace.
Addressing as Chief Guest the ceremony of Pakistan Day Parade, he expressed the resolve that the nation will not hesitate in rendering any sacrifice for defence, security, development, and prosperity of the country.
He said we want peace and friendship with the whole world specially the neighbors. However, he said, India’s irresponsible attitude and consistent violations of Line of Control and Working Boundary have jeopardized peace of the region.
Mamnoon Hussain said Pakistan is ready for dialogue with India and wants resolution of the Kashmir dispute, which is unfinished agenda of the partition.
The president said the country’s economy is getting stronger and stable due to prudent policies of the government and Pakistan is emerging as a strong economy in the region.
Earlier, the impressive ceremony of Pakistan Day parade kicked off with a splendid fly past of aircraft of Pakistan Air Force and Pakistan Navy led by Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman.
The formations of F-16, JF-17 thunder, Mirage, AWACs, P3-C Orion and F-7 presented salute to the chief guest by flying over the dais.
Different regiments of Pakistan Army, Pakistan Navy , Pakistan Air Force, Rangers, Police, SSG and girl guides, boy scouts marched past the dais presenting salute to the President.
Mechanised columns including tanks, rocket launchers, indigenously developed short and long range missiles, LYAT defence system, radars and unmanned aerial vehicles were showcased at the parade.
Turkish military band ‘Mehter’, the world’s oldest military band participated and performed at the parade for the first time.
He said in the journey to development, Pakistan enjoys cooperation of its sincere friends especially China. He pointed out that China Pakistan Economic Corridor has opened the doors of development not only for Pakistan but for the whole region.—Radio Pakistan