The impressive ceremony kicked off with the fly past of the PAF and Navy fighter jets, led by Air Chief Zaheer Ahmad Babar Sidhu, which saluted the president. F-16, JF 17, Mirage, AWACs, P-3C Orion and ATR aircraft formation participated in the fly past.
"The people of Pakistan also desire peaceful, cooperative relations with all neighbours, including India," Imran Khan said in his reply, adding, "I thank you for your letter conveying greetings on Pakistan Day."
Pakistan lifted a nearly two-year ban on sugar and cotton imports from India on Wednesday, the finance minister said. The decision is a welcome move towards reviving suspended trade between the two neighbours. Pakistan’s Economic
Pakistan's Economic Coordination Council (ECC) allowed the private sector to import 0.5 million tonnes of white sugar as Islamabad tries to keep soaring domestic prices in check.
The cancellation followed criticism by opposition parties, which denounced Wednesday's lifting of a two-year-old ban on the import of cotton and sugar from India, saying the government had acted without parliament's approval.
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday called on India and Pakistan to exercise “maximum restraint” and offered to mediate in the face of rising tensions following the attack at Pulwama in Jammu and Kashmir that claimed the lives of 40 CRPF troopers.
Under the new guidelines, security clearance would not be required for those seeking a short-term medical visa or an individual work visa. Applicants applying for the 'visa in your inbox' category would be able to apply online and would receive authorisation on email.
The Pakistani premier said the country has "always stood for peace and remains ready to move forward to resolve all outstanding issues through dialogue." "The onus of creating an enabling environment for further progress rests with India," he said.
The machine guns peeking over parapets of small, sandbagged concrete bunkers and the heavy artillery cannons dug deep into Himalayan Kashmir’s rugged terrain have fallen silent. At least for now. The Line of Control, a highly militarised de facto
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that as a gesture of solidarity with the people of India, Pakistan has offered to provide relief support including ventilators, oxygen supply kits, digital X-ray machines, PPEs and related items.