In Pakistan thousands of Moslems celebrated Pakistan Day at Rawalpindi race course on March 23, where President Mohammad Zia-ul-Haq reviewed a ceremonial parade of armed forces.
GV Pakistani President Zia arriving in ceremonial carriage
GV Aga Khan, Prince Karim, with wife at racecourse in Rawalpindi
GV President Zia alighting from carriage and greeted by officials
GVs Air force fly-past
SV President Zia watches as Pakistan Army commandos march past (2 shots)
GV March past of other armed forces as President Zia salutes (2 shots)
GV Tanks and armoured vehicle drive past (6 shots)
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Background: In Pakistan thousands of Moslems celebrated Pakistan Day at Rawalpindi race course on March 23, where President Mohammad Zia-ul-Haq reviewed a ceremonial parade of armed forces. It was the major official event to mark the day when, forty-three years ago, the Muslim League adopted the Pakistan Resolution which paved the way to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, created seven years later. Addressing the troops, General Zia said the Pakistan Resolution had embodied the aspirations of Moslems, then living in Hindu-dominated India, for a separate homeland. He said the following seven year struggle for an independent Moslem state was an "inspiring chronicle of heroic deeds of dedication and sacrifice". The partitition of the Indian sub-continent to create Pakistan took place in 1947. General Zia said the cause of Pakistan was Islam, which was also its destiny. However, the Moslem state was not created without bloodshed, and the strength of the military parade reinforced the need for self-defence. General Zia has said Pakistan's armaments would not be used for aggression. Among the display of the latest weaponry were missiles and trailers bearing French Mirage fighters. There was also a fly-past of F-16 aircraft.