Contingents from friendly countries including China, Turkey and UAE participated in the parade at the official ceremony.
The 78th Pakistan Day was being celebrated with traditional zeal and enthusiasm to mark the passage of the Lahore Resolution that led to the creation of a separate homeland for the Muslims of South Asia in 1947.
In his brief address on the occasion, he said Pakistan desired to have peaceful relations with India on the basis of sovereign equality and mutual respect and it was important for the two countries to resolve all outstanding issues, including Jammu and Kashmir, through dialogue.
On the evening of 23 March, Pakistan Day Reception was held at Hotel Hyatt Regency.More news: State Health Department Hosts World TB Day Event
Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain used the occasion to promise to defeat militants who have killed thousands of people in attacks over the past decade.
Mamnoon also said that the global scenario has changed, and now countries could not be coerced to tow the line of one particular country.
The objective behind inviting Indian military representatives is to send a message that while Pakistan "stands for peace", it is also ready to defend every inch of the country in case of any misadventure, he said.
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Cautioning against exploitation, suppression of nations and interference into the internal affairs of any country by another nation, he said "Pakistan's foreign policy was about achieving permanent peace in the world and is based on non-interference into internal issues of other countries".
He also stressed that efforts to curb terrorism should continue so that achievements made so far could be further strengthened.
The parade was held in the presence of Prime Minister (PM) Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Chief of Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi and Air Chief Mujahid Anwar Khan.
Ambassador also thanked the friends of Pakistan in particular the UAE who always stood by it in hard times and contributed to its development. Rt Honourable, Mr Nanda Bahadur Pun, Vice President of Nepal was the Chief Guest. Around 2,000 military and police personnel were deployed.More news: Is President Trump's Tariff Package Against China Feasible?