Pakistan expats celebrate National Day

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Pakistanis living in UAE celebrated the Pakistan Day with traditional zeal and patriotic spirit at the premises of the Embassy of Pakistan in Abu Dhabi.

Indian diplomats and army officer Sanjay Vishwas Rao were invited to watch the Pakistan Day military parade in the federal capital on Friday.

The High Commissioner is also hosting a reception on the occasion of Pakistan's National Day for which invitations have been extended to Kashmiri separatists, politicians, intellectuals and journalists.

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena was the "Guest of Honour". Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan led a fly-past followed by several other squadrons of the Pakistan Air Force to salute the head of the state. C-130 and P-3C Orion participated in the fly past.

Pakistan Army, PAF, Pakistan Navy, Frontier Corps and Pakistan Rangers contingents held a march-past and a salute to the president of Pakistan.

Ambassador also thanked the friends of Pakistan in particular the UAE who always stood by it in hard times and contributed to its development. The event was well attended by a large number of Pakistani community members.

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Mechanised columns of various prestigious services of the country exhibited inventory of highly sophisticated and modern weaponry and arsenal. Pakistan Army tanks Al-Khalid and Al-Zarrar, radar systems, NASR missile, Shaheen, Ghauri and the Babur cruise missiles and other weapons equipped with military technology were also rolled out.

He also said that peace was in the mutual interest of both countries and it could only be achieved through diplomacy and dialogue.

Ambassador Khan recalled the challenges confronted by Pakistan since its inception but were addressed through national resolve, resilience and commitment by the Pakistani nation.

All offices, autonomous and semi-autonomous bodies, corporations, and local councils, which come under the provincial government, would remain closed except for essential services.

The iconic Burj Khalifa was draped in the Pakistani colours to mark the country's National Day on Friday.

The displays of fireworks were held at Karachi's Mausoleum of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah and Lahore's Minar-e-Pakistan.

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