LAHORE: 23, MARCH, 2022: An impressive change of guards ceremony was held at the mausoleum of of poet of the East Dr Allama Muhammad Iqbal here on Wednesday.
A smartly turned out contingent of the Pakistan Air Force assumed ceremonial guard duties with traditional spirit and enthusiasm.
Air Vice Marshal Zubair Hassan was chief guest on the occasion as contingent of Pakistan Air Force took the guards duties at the mausoleum of Allama Iqbal.
He laid a floral wreath over the great philosopher poet’s grave and offered Fateha and prayed for progress and prosperity of the country on the occasion. He also penned down his impressions in the Visitors’ book.
The country is celebrating the 82nd Pakistan Day with traditional zeal and fervor today (Wednesday) with the joint armed forces parade going on in full swing in Islamabad while dignitaries participating in the 48th Session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) watch as guests of honour.
Pakistan Day commemorates the passing of the Lahore Resolution on March 23, 1940, when the All-India Muslim League demanded a separate nation for the Muslims of the British Indian Empire.
President Arif Alvi, Prime Minister Imran Khan, Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Naval Chief Admiral Ajmal Khan Niazi, Chairman Joint Chief of Staff Committee General Nadeem Raza and Defence Minister Pervaiz Khattak are at the venue attending the parade.
The parade includes contingents of the tri-services, paramilitary forces and civil armed forces.
Pakistan Day dawned with a 31-gun salute in the federal capital and a 21-gun salute in the provincial capitals.
Special prayers were offered in mosques after Fajr prayer for Pakistan's progress and prosperity.
On the other hand, a change of guards ceremony was also was held at the mausoleums of Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah and Allama Iqbal in Karachi and Lahore, respectively.
The National flag has been hoisted at all major government buildings.
The main feature of the day is the grand military parade — currently underway — in Islamabad in which the three contingents of the armed forces and other security forces conduct a march while fighter planes present aerobatic manoeuvres.
One of the important highlights of the parade is the fly-past of the newly inducted J-10C fighter jets. The J-10C aircrafts, equipped with cutting-edge technology, were inducted into the Pakistan Air Force’s squadron earlier this month.
Multiple organisations and departments have also planned a number of activities including seminars, conferences and discussion programmes to highlight the historical significance of Pakistan Day. (04)