The joint services parade to celebrate 81 years of national resolve for a separate homeland with the vision of one nation one destination was held here at the Shakarparian Parade Ground under strict Covid-19 standard operating procedures (SOPs).
Addressing the military parade at the parade avenue in Islamabad, President Arif Alvi extended a message of goodwill to regional states for joint prosperity, progress, and said that we will defend our independence at all costs. The President said Pakistan desires peace, security and development in the whole region and has also taken practical steps towards that end.
The impressive ceremony started with the flypast of fighter jets of Pakistan Air Force and Pakistan Navy led by Air Chief Zaheer Ahmad Babar Sidhu presenting salute to the chief guest President Arif Alvi. Formations of fighter jets including F-16, JF 17, Mirage, 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, and Islamabad police, Frontier Constabulary, Airport Security Force, and Boys Scouts marched past the dais presenting salute to the chief guest.
Mechanized columns including tanks, armored personnel carriers, rocket launchers, air defense system, Radars, indigenously built UAVs and short and long range missiles Ra’ad, Nasr, Babr, Ghaznavi and Shaheen were showcased on the occasion. The engineering corps presented its state-of-the-art equipment. This was followed by the flypast of helicopters.
Amidst applause by the audience, JF-17 and formations of Sherdils presented breathtaking aerobatics spreading range of colors in the skies.
As a mark of strong bonds between Pakistan and Turkey, a Turkish fighter jet presented a whole range of dazzling maneuvers. A Turkish military band on the occasion presented different tunes including that of Dil Dil Pakistan, Jaan Jaan Pakistan.
The skydivers of the forces including the paratroopers of Bahrain, Iraq, Palestine, Sri Lanka, and Turkey exhibited free fall, carrying national flags and those of services.