UAE to participate in Pakistan Day parade along with Pakistan armed forces for the first time
A military contingent of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will participate in the Pakistan Day parade to be held in Islamabad on March 23 (Friday).
“This will be the first time that a contingent from the UAE military will parade along with Pakistan armed forces at the official ceremony in Islamabad to mark the 78th National Day of Pakistan,” Ambassador of Pakistan to UAE Moazzam Ahmed Khan told Gulf News.
He said that participation of the UAE military contingent in the National Day celebrations is a great gesture and honour for Pakistan.
Currently, the preparations for the March 23 parade are in full swing in Islamabad. It will be the first time that a contingent from the UAE military will parade along with Pakistan armed forces at the official ceremony in Islamabad to mark the 78th Pakistan Day.
A spokesperson of the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) also confirmed that UAE military contingent would parade along with their band at the official ceremony.
Pakistan’s Defence Attaché Air Commodore Muhammad Akhtar told The News that participation of the UAE military contingent in the Pakistan Day celebrations is a great gesture and an honour for Pakistan.
Air Commodore Muhammad Akhtar believed that the UAE’s participation would strengthen the historical bilateral relations between the two countries. “The leadership of the United Arab Emirates gave the clear message to the international community that they are with Pakistan, ” Pakistan’s Defence Attaché further added.
The parade will be held at Shakarparian Parade Ground, Islamabad on March 23 where Pakistan armed forces will display nuclear-capable weapons, tanks, jets, drones and other weapon systems. The Pakistan Day parade had resumed after a gap of seven years in 2015.
Pakistan Day is celebrated to mark the Lahore Resolution on March 23 each year. The Lahore Resolution, which is also called Pakistan Resolution, passed on March 23, 1940, is considered a major milestone in the Muslim struggle for an independent Muslim state which was later called Pakistan.