Pakistani soldiers during the Pakistan Day Parade in 2016.
|Official name||Urdu: یوم پاکستان|
lit. Yaum-e-Pakistan[Note 1]
|Significance||Commemoration of Pakistan Resolution and Constitution|
|Celebrations||Full Joint Inter-Services military parade, conferring of national decorations|
|Observances||Pakistan (Diplomatic missions of Pakistan in other countries)|
|Next time||23 March 2019|
Pakistan Day (Urdu: یوم پاکستان, lit. Yaum-e-Pakistan) or Pakistan Resolution Day, also Republic Day, is a national holiday in Pakistan commemorating the Lahore Resolution passed on 23 March 1940 and the adoption of the first constitution of Pakistan during the transition of the Dominion of Pakistan to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan on 23 March 1956 making Pakistan the world's first Islamic republic. A Republic Day parade by the armed forces is often part of the celebrations.
The day celebrates the adoption of the Pakistan resolution by the Muslim League at the Minar-e-Pakistan (lit. Pakistan Tower) that called for establishing an independent federation comprising provinces with Muslim majority located in north-western and north-eastern region of British controlled territories in India (excluding autonomous princely States) on 23 March 1940. Since then, the day is celebrated annually throughout the country as a public holiday. The Armed forces of Pakistan usually hold a military parade to celebrate the event.
The Muslim League held its annual session at Minto Park in Lahore, Punjab, that lasted from the 22nd of March to the 24th of March 1940. During this event, the Muslim League led by Muhammad Ali Jinnah and other Founding Fathers narrated the events regarding the differences between Hindus and Muslims, and introduced the historical resolution that cemented the formation of a nation-state in South Asia as Pakistan, even though it did not actually mention Pakistan at all.
The resolution was passed on 23 March and had its signatures from the Founding Fathers of Pakistan. It reads as:
[Quoting Resolution:] No constitutional plan would be workable or acceptable to the Muslims unless geographical contiguous units are demarcated into regions which should be so constituted with such territorial readjustments as may be necessary. That the areas in which the Muslims are numerically in majority as in the North-Western and Eastern zones of India should be grouped to constitute independent states in which the constituent units shall be autonomous and sovereign.
The British plan to partition Indian subcontinent into two dominion- Hindustan and Pakistan was announced on Jun 3 1947. In the event Pakistan was created on 14 August 1947 and Hindustan independence came a day later. Pakistan was immediately identified as migrant state born amid bloodshed. Muhammad Ali Jinnah the founder of Pakistan became first Governor General of Pakistan and Mr. Liaqat Ali Khan, The first Prime Minister of Pakistan. The Indian Act of 1935 provided the legal framework for Pakistan until 1956, when the state passed its own constitution. While Pakistan's Independence Day celebrates its freedom from British Rule, the Republic Day celebrates of coming into force of its constitution.
Works and efforts by Basic Principles Committee drafted the basic outlines of the constitution in 1949. After many deliberations and years of some modifications, the first set of the Constitution of Pakistan was enforced in the country on 23 March 1956. This marked the country's successful transition from Dominion to Islamic Republic. The Governor-General was replaced with President of Pakistan as ceremonial head of state.
The main celebration is held in Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan. The President of Pakistan is usually the Chief Guest; also the attended in public are Prime Minister of Pakistan alongside the Cabinet ministers, military chiefs of staff, and chairman joint chiefs.
A full inter-services joint military parade is rehearsed and broadcast live by the news media in all over the country. Pakistan military inter services also shows a glance of its power and capabilities during this parade.
The celebrations regarding the holiday include a full military and civilian parade in the capital, Islamabad. These are presided by the President of Pakistan and are held early in the morning. After the parade, the President confers national awards and medals on the awardees at the Presidency. Wreaths are also laid at the mausoleums of Muhammad Iqbal and Muhammad Ali Jinnah founder of Pakistan. In very rare times and significance, foreign dignitaries have been invited to attend the military parade.
From 1956–2018, the following officers from the army have lead the joint services parade:
|1983||Brigadier Nasir Mehmood||1st Punjab Regiment||.|
|1987||Brigadier Afzal Janjua SJ||FF Regt||Later Lt. Gen.|
|1989||Brigadier Yasub Dogar||2 FF Regiment (Guides)|
|1996||Brigadier Naveed Nasr||17 Punjab Regiment||Also commanded 70 Punjab|
|1997||Brigadier Javed Iqbal||18 Field Regiment||MS to Nawaz Sharif in 1999|
|1998||Brigadier Akram Sahi||FF Regt||Later Maj. Gen.|
|1999||Brigadier Khalid Nawaz Janjua||3 Baluch Regt||Later Lt. Gen.|
|20xx||Brigadier Badar Munir||AK Regt|
|2005||Brigadier Naushad Kiani||Punjab Regt||Later Maj. Gen.|
|2007||Brigadier Tariq Ghafoor||FF Regt||Later Maj. Gen.|
|2008||Brigadier Ihsan ul Haq||Later Maj. Gen.|
|2015||Brigadier Khurram Sarfaraz||27 Baluch Regt|
|2016||Brigadier Amir Majeed||29 AK Regt|
|2017||Brigadier Amer Ahsan Nawaz||3 Baluch Regt|
|2018||Brigadier Amer Amin||19 FF Regt|
From 1956–2000, the following foreign dignitaries who have attended parade are:
|1985||General Rudini||Indonesia||Chief of staff of Indonesian Army|
|1987||Robert Mugabe||Zimbabwe||President of Zimbabwe|
|1996||Cassam Uteem||Mauritius||President of Mauritius|
|2018||Maithripala Sirisena||Sri Lanka||President of Sri Lanka|
|1956||Janissary Military band||Turkey|
|1956||Iran Military Contingent||Iran|
|1956||Turkish Military Contingent||Turkey|
|1997||Janissary Military band||Turkey|
|Beijing Garrison Honor Guard Battalion||China|
|2018||Janissary Military band||Turkey|
|2018||Saudi Arabian Special Forces||Saudi Arabia|
|2018||UAE elite unit||UAE|