The nation celebrates Pakistan Day today with renewed commitment to work hard for progress and prosperity of the country.
The day marks adoption of historic Lahore Resolution this day in 1940 that provided a framework for realization of the goal of a separate homeland for Muslims of South Asia.
The Day was dawn with 31-gun salute in the federal capital and 21-gun salute in provincial capitals.
Special prayers were offered in mosques after Fajr prayers for the progress, prosperity and solidarity of the country. It is a public holiday. National flag was hoisted on major government buildings.
The spectacular and colorful Pakistan Day Joint Services parade was held at Parade Avenue in Islamabad this morning with forces displaying their professionalism and military prowess.
The impressive ceremony kicked off with the fly past of fighter jets of Pakistan Air Force led by Air Chief Mujahid Anwar Khan presenting salute to the chief guest President Mamnoon Hussain.
Formations of fighter jets including F-16, JF 17, Mirage, F-17, AWACs. C-130 and P-3C Orion participated in the fly past.
Contingents of Pakistan Army, Navy, Pakistan Air Force, Special Services Groups, Frontier Corps, Rangers, Islamabad police, Nursing officers, Boy Scouts, Girl Guides, marched past the dais presenting salute to the chief guest and the guest of honor.
In Lahore, a contingent of Pakistan Air Force took charge of Mazar-e-Iqbal in a simple but graceful ceremony.
Commander of PAF Base Lahore, Air Commodore Syed Sabahat Hassan was the chief guest on the occasion, which laid floral wreath on the grave of national poet and offered fateha.
In connection with the Pakistan Day, an investiture ceremony will be held at the Governor House, Quetta on Friday.
Governor Balochistan, Muhammad Khan Achakzai would giveaway excellence awards to the keynote personalities for showing outstanding performance in their respective fields.
An Askari Mela under the auspices of Pak Army will be held at Polo Ground in Quetta Cantonment.
Pakistan day is also being celebrated in Gilgit Baltistan with traditional zeal and solemnity on Friday.
Twenty one Guns salute was presented in Gilgit on Friday morning.
A colorful Gala organized by Pak Army in Jutial Helipad is underway which will continue till this evening.
Contingents of Pak Army, GB Scouts, police boys and girls scouts will take part in March-past at 7pm and a grand cultural show will also be held this night.
In China, Pakistan Ambassador Masood Khalid hoisted the flag at a ceremony at Pakistan Embassy in Beijing.
Ambassador Khalid on the occasion highlighted the importance of Pakistan-China friendship and said both countries share the dream of development, peace, and security in the region.
Similar flag hoisting ceremonies were also held at Pakistani Consulates in Chengdu, Guangzhou, Hong Kong and Shanghai.
Meanwhile, a grand reception hosted by the Embassy of Pakistan in Tokyo was held to commemorate the Day.
Ambassador Asad M. Khan in his speech underlined the importance of close historical Pakistan-Japan relations.
In Sri Lanka, the High Commission of Pakistan and Pakistani community celebrated Pakistan Day with the resolve to make Pakistan a strong, vibrant, progressive and democratic welfare state.
The Acting High Commissioner of Pakistan hoisted the national flag at the Pakistan High Commission on Friday morning.
Speaking on the occasion, he said Pakistan greatly values its relations with Sri Lanka which are based on mutual trust and understanding.