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|Pakistan held its first Republic Day parade in seven years on Monday Men's Nike KD 7 Orange Blue White Australia , full of flag-waving pomp and aerial military expertise, a symbolic show of strength in the war against the Taliban months after a militant attack on a school killed 132 children.
The Pakistan Day parade, complete with a 31-gun dawn salute, was held amid tight security. Cellular phone networks were blocked as a precaution to thwart militants, who have often used mobile phone signals to trigger bombs.
No parades had been held since 2008, following an escalation in the military's conflict with the Pakistani Taliban.
But the military Men's Nike KD 7 Grey Pink Australia , which has ruled Pakistan for more than half its history, says the militants have been on the run since the army launched an operation last year to dislodge insurgents from the northwestern regions of Khyber and North Waziristan, on the border with Afghanistan.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who attended the parade, issued a statement warning of the threat from anti-state elements.
"Pakistan is resolved to redeem its pledge given to its founding fathers that it will protect the homeland," Sharif said.
Military jets looped the loop over the picturesque Men's Nike KD 7 Fluorescent Green Black Australia , low-rise city in the spring sunshine, with a sky-diving team showing off its skills against the backdrop of the Margalla Hills, the forested foothills of the Himalayas.
The show of military might has traditionally also sent a message to rival India. The two nuclear-armed neighbours have fought three wars since their independence from Britain in 1947 and continuing mistrust is a factor behind conflict in various parts of the region, including Afghanistan.
Relations between the two nosedived after deadly attacks on Mumbai in 2008, which India has always blamed on Pakistan-based militants, and have not fully recovered. A dispute over Kashmir periodically flares into violence.
"I have written to Pakistan PM Mr. Nawaz Sharif Men's Nike KD 7 Red Hyper Blue White Australia , conveying my greetings," Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a Tweet. "...It is my firm conviction that all outstanding issues can be resolved through bilateral dialogue in an atmosphere free from terror and violence."
Pakistani troops have boasted recent successes against the Taliban, who aim to establish strict Islamic rule.
The country is still in mourning after December's attack on the army-run high school in the northwestern city of Peshawar. Six gunmen believed linked to the Taliban killed 153 people, 132 of them children.
Pakistan Day commemorates March 23, 1940, when the Muslim League demanded the establishment of separate nations to protect Muslims in the then British colony of India.
NAIROBI Men's Nike KD 7 All White Black Australia , May 4 (Xinhua) -- There will be no love lost as 16 reigning Olympic and world champions assemble in Qatari capital on Friday for first stop of the Doha Diamond League meeting.
Kenya will have 25 runners seek to jump-start their season after a long recess with hope of clinching the win and have fast time to boot.
Former 800m world champion Eunice Sum and world 400m hurdles winner Nicholas Bett, will be seeking to reclaim their past glory as they enter a chocking field of stars.
"I have only one win in the Diamond League and it is not a good record. I had poor form last season, but it happens to many people in sport. Now I have my focus on returning to where I have been before, the top," said Bett.
But Sum faces a daunting task after she was pushed aside by a younger generation of 800m runners last year.
The Kenyan will come up against South Africa's Olympic champion Caster Semenya, Francine Niyonsaba of Burundi and Kenyan Margaret Nyambui Nyairera.
There will also be world 1500m record-holder Genzebe Dibaba's making her debut over the distance.
"It has always been tough in the 800m race. There will always be people coming through the ranks. I still believe I jave something to offer the race and that is why I train hard. I want to do well in Doha and see how the season pans out towards the London World Championships Kid's Nike KD 7 Bright Crimson Black Australia ," said Sum.
Semenya, the 2016 Diamond Trophy winner, was unbeaten over the distance last year and Niyonsaba captured the world indoor title while Dibaba has won world gold in 2015 and Olympic silver in 2016 at 1500m.
In those two races, the Ethiopian covered the last 800m in 1:57.2 and 1:58.47 respectively, suggesting she's clearly capable of holding her own with the event's finest runners.
In javelin, Thomas Rohler of Germany heads the field Men's Nike KD 8 Wolf Grey Orange Australia , squaring off against Kenya' s world champion Julius Yego and Jakub Vadlejch of the Czech Republic, last year' s Diamond Trophy winner. Of the three, only Vadlejch has competed this year, throwing 85.71m in early April.
The women' s 3,000m steeplechase is also loaded with top names led by Olympic champion Ruth Jebet of Bahrain, who followed up her Olympic heroics with an 8:52.78 world record run at the Paris leg of the IAAF Diamond League last season.
The Bahraini will again face Kenya's world champion Hyvin Kiyeng and U.S. record-holder Emma Coburn Men's Nike KD 8 Christmas Pack White Black Bright Crimson Australia , the Olympic silver and bronze medallists.
The man to watch in the men's 1,500m is a familiar face in Doha, three-time world champion Asbel Kiprop, who'll be gunning for a fourth victory here.
The Kenyan is the meeting record-holder at 3:29.18, the fastest ever performance in the month of May, and returns after notching a resounding victory last year. Another win on Friday would be his 24th in IAAF Diamond League competition.
His compatriots are expected to provide the stiffest competition Men's Nike KD 8 Black Crimson Australia , namely Silas Kiplagat, the 2011 world silver medallist and two-time Diamond Race winner, and Elijah Manangoi, the world silver medallist.
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The meeting will conclude with the men's 3,000m, which features m.