Pakistan Day commemorates the Lahore Resolution passed on 23 March 1940. The 23rd March celebrates the adoption of the Pakistan resolution by the Muslim League at the Minar-e-Pakistan- that called for establishing an independent federation with Muslim majority- that ultimately culminated to the birth of Pakistan in 1947. Since then, the day is celebrated annually throughout the country. The Armed Forces of Pakistan usually hold a military parade to celebrate the event. This year witnessed a successful completion of the 72nd Pakistan Day parade in Islamabad. All three armed forces took part in the parade.
Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad was the chief guest at the ceremony. The celebrations were also attended by military contingents from China, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Sri Lanka and Saudi Arabia -who participated in the parade. The fighter jets of friendly countries – F-16s from Turkey and J10s from China – also displayed magnificent aerial feats. Celebrations were also carried out at Pakistani embassies and consulates all across the world. The Pakistani media and celebrities also exhibited a vibrant spirit in promoting and celebrating 23rd March.
Hearty celebrations took place across all provinces of Pakistan. The highest military and civilian honours were allotted to personalities for their contributions in different fields of excellence. President Arif Alvi distrusted the honours upon various personalities, including 18 foreigners, at ceremony at Aiwan-i-Sadr.
The splendid celebrations and national enthusiasm exhibited on the Pakistan day- indicates that the idea of Pakistan vibrates with peak hope. Despite political jolts, socioeconomic challenges, and recent tensions with India- the nation managed to come together under one umbrella and exhibited their love for the nation. Pakistan continues to stand tall and battle out the array of challenges thrown in its way. The recent developments with India, and Pakistan’s firm and responsible responses have also highlighted Pakistan as a mature and peace-loving nation.