“Our thoughts go back to 1940 when, under the leadership of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, the Pakistan Resolution was passed at Minto Park, and led to the independence of Pakistan seven years later.”
He said the country’s independence has been vigorously guarded for the past 60 years and will Inshallah be maintained through hard work, dedication and selfless work for ever.
The president lauded the Pakistan Army and said it was not only a guardian of its geographical borders, but also protected its people whenever the need arose. He said, be it the devastation caused by the earthquake, ravaging floods or the gigantic task of reconstruction in the most difficult of terrain, or war against terrorism, the army always rose to the occasion.
He said Pakistan does not have any aggressive designs against anyone. “Our military strategy is of defensive deterrence, but it is our belief that defence and security can only be attained through strength and never through weakness.” “The nation should be proud of the fact that their army is among the best in the world. May Allah always guide them and protect the nation.”
Earlier President Musharraf reviewed the military parade – a distinctive feature of Pakistan Day celebrations – and took salute from the marching columns of the three services. Caretaker Prime Minister Muhammadmian Soomro, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Tariq Majeed, Chief of the Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, Chief of Naval Staff Admiral M Afzal Tahir, First Lady Begum Sehba Musharraf and military and senior officials attended the ceremony.