Modi and Imran exchange ‘wishes’ on Pakistan Day

PM Narendra Modi writes to Imran Khan on Pakistan National Day as part of customary practice

Modi and Imran exchange ‘wishes’ on Pakistan Day

In response, PM Khan welcoming the warm gesture by his counter part, reiterated his resolve to engage in a comprehensive dialogue with India on all issues, especially the Kashmir dispute.

Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Friday Indian Prime Minister Modi wished him ahead of Pakistan Day, March 23.

"Today I'm feeling proud of the Pakistani and Turkish air forces, and there is no doubt that both countries have the world's best pilots who can do anything", said Shazia Nasir, a resident of Islamabad.

Prime Minister Imran Khan, Defence Minister Pervez Khattak, Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Jawed Bajwa, Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan, and Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi attended the parade.

Conflict between the rivals erupted last month following a suicide bomb attack claimed by a Pakistan-based militant group in the Indian party of the disputed and divided Kashmir region that killed 40 paramilitary police.

Pakistani warplanes engaged in a dogfight with Indian aircraft over Kashmir on February 27, a day after a raid by Indian jets on what it said was a militant camp in Pakistan.

"We don't believe in fighting but our desire for peace should not be misconstrued as our weakness", he said.

The prime minister, in his message, said it was time for the people of the sub-continent to work together for a democratic, peaceful, progressive and prosperous region, in an atmosphere free of terror and violence, they said.

An investiture ceremony will also be held at Aiwan-e-Sadar in the evening where President Arif Alvi will confer civil awards on 170 individuals demonstrating feats in different fields of science and arts.

Besides Turkey, China and Saudi Arabia, the pride of Pakistan, the JF-17 Thunder, also performed in the airshow. After a flag-raising ceremony, Pakistan's national anthem was played and Pakistani students took stage to sing traditional songs in their native dress.

While the situation between the two South Asian neighbours have de-escalated, the two armies are still on high alert and that concerns the U.S., the official said.

Pakistan Day marks when Muslims of the Subcontinent determined their destiny in line with the vision of Allama Mohammad Iqbal. This year too, most separatist leaders are already in custody or have travel restrictions on them.

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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