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    Pakistan showcases military even as tensions with India ease

    ISLAMABAD (AP) – Pakistan celebrated its National Day yesterday with a military parade showcasing its missiles, tanks and aircraft, even as the Prime Minister and his Indian counterpart exchanged goodwill messages in a sign of easing tensions between the nuclear-armed rivals.

    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered “best wishes” to his counterpart Imran Khan ahead of yesterday’s celebrations. Khan welcomed the statement late on Friday and called for a comprehensive dialogue on all issues.

    Pakistan’s President Arif Alvi marked the National Day by saying the region needs peace, not war, and that Pakistan wants to live peacefully with its neighbours. He said Pakistan’s war is against hunger, poverty and unemployment.

    “Our desire for peace shouldn’t be construed as our weakness. Let’s end the hatred and sow the seeds of peace in this region for prosperity of the people,” Alvi said.

    Malaysian Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad was the chief guest of the parade, in which troops marched through the streets of Islamabad and warplanes staged acrobatic flyovers. Authorities suspended mobile phone services and blocked roads as part of security precautions.

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