The Indian Defence Attache and other senior diplomats of the Indian High Commission were invited by the Pakistan Army to join the Pakistan Day celebrations. It is for the first time that top Indian diplomats and officers have attended the Pakistan Day parade in Islamabad.
The move is being dubbed as a betrayal of the Indian people and security forces, in the government’s bid to put protocol above patriotism and join Pakistan Day celebrations.
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In fact, at the event in Islamabad, Indian representatives sat watching as Pakistan’s President Mamnoon Hussain mocked and warned India. Indian Deputy High Commissioner JP Singh was seen seated among the foreign diplomats invited to witness the parade.
Speaking at the event, Hussain accused India of ceasefire violations and human rights abuses, saying New Delhi’s actions have put regional peace in a jeopardy. He also raked up the Kashmir issue at the “Pakistan Day” joint military parade.
Pakistan Day commemorates the passing of the famous Lahore Resolution on March 23, 1940, when the All-India Muslim League demanded a separate homeland for the Muslims of British India. On this day in 1956, Pakistan became the world’s first Islamic Republic.