Published: Mon, March 26, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Desire peaceful relations with India

Desire peaceful relations with India

For the first time, senior Indian military officials and diplomats posted in Islamabad attended the military parade to mark the Pakistan Day.

He recalled that on March 23, 1940, a historic resolution was adopted in Lahore, which laid the foundation for the Pakistan movement.

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena was the Guest of Honour.

In another message Premier Li Keqiang's congratulated Prime Minister of Pakistan Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and said: "on the occasion of 79th Pakistan Day, on behalf the Chinese Government, I would like to extend warm congratulations and best wishes to you and the Pakistani government".

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Indian deputy high commissioner J P Singh was also seen seated among the foreign diplomats invited to witness the parade.

President Mamnoon also reminded India of peaceful resolution of the long-standing issue of Kashmir in line with the United Nations resolutions accepting the Kashmiris right to self-determination through a plebiscite.

Last week, Pakistani media reports said Mahmood was unlikely to return to India any time soon. It was important to resolve all the outstanding issues including the J&K dispute peacefully through dialogue.

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". He also said peace is in mutual interest of both countries and it could only be achieved through diplomacy and dialogue. "We want to sort out this issue as soon as possible because it affects the relations between the countries", he said. "Our peace oriented approach should not be taken as our weakness", he said.

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A video of the incident has also emerged showing police personnel purportedly roughing up two female journalists during the rally. Our deepest apologies to the media. "I told them I am from the media, but they were just pulling me away", said the photographer.


Pakistani officials even released a video of such "harassment", in which a white auto is seen blocking their diplomat's vehicle in Delhi and people on motorcycles abusing and filming the occupants.

He also stressed upon continuation of efforts against terrorism so that the achievements made so far could be further solidified.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, in his message, said that "We can not succeed without upholding the rule of law and supremacy of the Constitution".

Contingents from Pakistan's Army, Air Force, Navy, Frontier Corps and Pakistan Rangers participated in a march-past.

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