Full dress rehearsal of Pakistan Day parade held

ISLAMABAD: Full dress rehearsal of Pakistan Day parade was held today (Saturday) in Islamabad at the newly constructed Parade Ground near Faizabad Interchange.
Special Services Group of Pakistan Army enthralled the environment with the slogans of “Allah Hu” whereas female contingent was also exceptional while paying tribute.
Commandos of Pakistan Army, Pakistan Navy and Frontier Constabulary conducted march-past in their unique style whereas Pakistan Air Force (PAF) carried out brilliant fly-past.
Mechanised Infantry Unit, Light Infantry Commando battalion, Pakistan Army aviation helicopters Bell Helly, MI-17, Cobra gunship helicopter, Puma helicopters fly before the podium. Floats were also presented to highlight the culture of the four provinces on which regional dance and cultural melodies were played.
Earlier, all the main roads coming to the parade avenue were closed for every type of traffic.
The busiest Murree road, linking Rawalpindi to Islamabad, was sealed through blockades at the point of Shamsabad whereas checkpoints were setup at Airport Chowk, Khanna Bridge and Shakrial on Express way restoring the traffic through alternate routes.
Moreover, the traffic is being moved towards Peshawar Mor and Kashmir Highway by closing the IJP road at the point of double road. Mobile service has been suspended from 6am in I-8, I-9, Faizabad, Margala Town, Rawal Town, Sohan, Zero point, G-6, G-7 and other nearby areas of Parade Avenue.
Security has also been tightened in Rawalpindi and Islamabad by setting up checkpoints on different places and deploying police and soldiers of Pakistan Army. March 23 parade will start with the tribute of 21-Gun salute whereas President Mamnoon Hussain as Supreme Commander will review the parade of armed forces.