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On Pakistan National Day, camels, parade & China jets on show

Pakistan Day (March 23) marks the adoption of the Lahore Resolution. It was on this day in 1940 that the Muslim leadership of the subcontinent resolved to create a separate homeland for the community in South Asia.

On Pakistan National Day, camels, parade & China jets on show

Pakistanis celebrated their National Day with a military parade in the capital, Islamabad, showcasing short- and long-range missiles, tanks, jets, drones and other hardware.

On Pakistan National Day, camels, parade & China jets on show

The tightly scripted event evoked the sweep of martial history, with garlanded camels padding in formation and swordsmen in tunics slashing the air.

On Pakistan National Day, camels, parade & China jets on show

Pakistan's defence sucks up huge chunks of the national budget, while millions of children receive next to no education or health care.

On Pakistan National Day, camels, parade & China jets on show

The parade also showcased the JF-17 jets that were built with technical and financial assistance from China.

On Pakistan National Day, camels, parade & China jets on show

Experts attribute the ongoing development of the Beijing-Islamabad military ties to the fact that China deems it necessary to cooperate with Pakistan in order to counter India and boost its regional clout.

On Pakistan National Day, camels, parade & China jets on show

And in an unprecedented move, senior Indian military officials and diplomats posted in Islamabad attended the military parade to mark the Pakistan Day.