Islamabad, Sep 6 (IANS) Pakistan on Sunday observed the golden jubilee of its 1965 war with India.
Processions were held in major cities, including capital Islamabad, and functions at military bases to pay homage to those who lost their lives during the war, Xinhua reported.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif visited the grave of a war veteran in Punjab province and laid floral wreaths.
President Mamnoon Hussain witnessed a fly-past by fighter jets of the Pakistan Air Force at a ceremony at the Air Headquarters in Islamabad.
JF-17 thunder fighter jets, F-16s, Mirage, Super Mashak and Sherdils presented thrilling aerobatic manoeuvres amidst cheers and clapping of spectators.
Helicopters of Pakistan Army Aviation also participated in the fly-past.
Personnel of special services groups displayed a breathtaking show of paratrooping while carrying the national flags.
Addressing the ceremony, the president said Pakistan was a peace-loving country and desires cordial relations with all countries.
“Pakistan has always given a befitting response in case of any threat to its sovereignty and peace,” Hussain said.
The day dawned with a 31-gun salute in the federal capital and 21-gun salute in provincial capitals.
One minute’s silence was observed at 9.29 a.m. throughout the country to pay homage to the martyrs of the war.