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|Subject : Chinese, Turkish troops to participate in Pakistan Day parade: ISPR
The military’s media wing on Monday announced that Chinese and Turkish armies will participate in Pakistan Day parade later this month. DG ISPR Major General Asif Ghafoor stated that Chinese Army troops will arrive in Islamabad to participate in Pakistan Day celebrations. A Turkish military band will also participate in the parade. The parade is organised by joint staff headquarters in Rawalpindi, which oversees the three armed forces of Pakistan. Pakistan in 2015, held its first Pakistan Day parade after a hiatus of seven years. The display of pageantry aimed at showing the country has the upper hand in the fight against terrorists as the nation reeled from the worst militant attack in its history as 142 children were killed in an army-run school in Peshawar. The annual Pakistan Day parade was last held in 2008 before authorities abandoned it because of fears it could be targeted as militants increased their attacks on the military. Pakistan Day commemorates the passing of the Lahore Resolution, when a separate nation for the Muslims of The British Indian Empire was demanded on March 23, 1940.