Published: Sat, March 23, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Pakistan showcases military even as tensions with India ease

Pakistan showcases military even as tensions with India ease

Pakistan's National Day is celebrated every year on March 23.

Relations between the United States and Pakistan are "very good", said US President Donald Trump.

Pakistan needs to decide if it wants to be viewed as a responsible worldwide player and have access to all the financial mechanisms that are available or is it going to continue to fail to take the steps necessary against these terrorist groups and see itself further isolated.

According to official sources in New Delhi, Prime Minister Modi sent a letter to Khan, greeting people of Pakistan on the eve of its National Day and highlighting the importance of a terror-free South Asia. Indian Air Force jets, on February 26, violated Pakistan's airspace and were forced to return owing to the "timely response" of the Pakistan Air Force.

Kumar also said that Pakistan slamming India's acquittal of four people accused of plotting and bombing the Samjautha Express in 2007 was an attempt by Islamabad to deflect attention from the pressure it faced from the global community following the 14 February Pulwama terror attack in which 40 Central Reserve Police Force personnel were killed.

"Our desire for peace shouldn't be construed as our weakness". "It is time that ppl of Sub-continent work together for a democratic, peaceful, progressive & prosperous region, in an atmosphere free of terror and violence", Khan said.

Saturday's military parade included an air show featuring the Pakistani-built JF-17 fighter jet.

The military parade in Islamabad is under way.

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Later in the day, an investiture ceremony will be held at Aiwan-e-Sadar where the president will confer civil awards on 171 individuals demonstrating their skills in different fields of science and arts.

India also rejected the Pakistan government's criticism of the acquittal by a special court of all four accused in the Samjhauta train blast case, in which 67 people had died.

He said that Qatar would hire over 100,000 workers from Pakistan.

Last year, the reception at the Pakistan embassy was attended by Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Gajendra Singh Shekhawat.

India has boycotted Pakistan National Day events in Delhi and Islamabad as Pakistan had invited separatist Hurriyat leadership. After a flag-raising ceremony, Pakistan's national anthem was played and Pakistani students took stage to sing traditional songs in their native dress.

Besides Turkey, China and Saudi Arabia, the pride of Pakistan, the JF-17 Thunder, also performed in the airshow.

Mentioning how Pakistan has recently gone through challenging times, he added, however: "There is indeed no force on earth that can undo Pakistan".

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