Srinagar: Pakistan celebrated its National Day on Friday amid tight security, Pak media reports said.
The Day is being celebrated throughout Pakistan with traditional zeal and enthusiasm.
A military parade to mark Pakistan Day was held at Shakarparian in Islamabad.
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.
As per reports the day dawned in Pakistan with a 31-gun salute in Islamabad while provincial capitals welcomed the day with 21-gun salutes. Special prayers were offered in mosques after Fajr prayers for the progress, prosperity and solidarity of Pakistan and Pak national flag was hoisted at all major government buildings.
Mobile phone services have been suspended in the Pak capital, where a military parade was held. Pak President Mamnoon Hussain was the chief guest of the ceremony while as Pak Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and the three services chiefs were also witnessing the parade.
The Pakistan Day parade had resumed in 2015 after a gap of seven years and was seen as a manifestation of the military’s show of strength in the wake of a shocking attack in 2014 on the Army Public School (APS) in Peshawar, which left 150 dead, including 132 schoolchildren.
According to reports change of guard ceremonies were held at the mausoleums of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah in Karachi and Dr Allama Iqbal in Lahore.
Meanwhile, Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain reiterated that the only solution to Kashmir dispute is providing the right to self determination (RSD) to Kashmiris.
“The only solution to the dispute of Kashmir is providing the right of self-determination to Kashmiri people, and Pakistan will continue to play its role in this regard,” Hussain was quoted as saying by Dawn.com.