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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.

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Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Defense Minister Khurram Dastgir Khan, all three services chiefs and Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee and other senior civil-military officials also attended the colourful event held to mark the 78 Pakistan Day.

New-appointed air chief, Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan, flew a fighter jet followed by several other squadrons of the Pakistan Air Force as a salute to the head of the state.

UAE troops and a Jordanian band also participated in the parade.

The day dawned with 31- and 21-gun salutes in the federal and provincial capitals, respectively, while the national flag was hoisted atop government buildings and departments.

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On the issue of Afghanistan, Mamnoon said that Pakistan would continue playing its role for peaceful resolution of the Afghan issue. Later on Friday, 141 Pakistanis and foreigners are to be honored for outstanding services and achievements, as part of the celebrations.

Meanwhile, Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain, in his keynote address, warned India against "provocations".

Pakistan wants to sort out "as soon as possible" the issue of alleged harassment of diplomats, its High Commissioner to India Sohail Mahmood said today and asserted that his country desired "peaceful and good-neighbourly" relations with India.

Islamabad-Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain Friday reminded India to peacefully resolve the long-standing issue of Kashmir.

He said that Pakistan was ready to extend a hand of co-operation to the regional countries, but "taking it as a weakness will be a risky mistake". Contingents from the armed forces of Turkey, United Arab Emirates and Jordan also participated in the parade.

Talking about anti-terrorism operations in Pakistan, Hussain lauded the armed forces as well as the nation for eliminating terrorism from the country under operations Raddul Fasad and Zarb-i-Azb and announced a medal "Tamga-i-Azam" for those who rendered sacrifices for restoration of peace.

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