India celebrates Republic Day, warns Pakistan
NEW DELHI (AFP) - India marked its Republic Day on Saturday with a veiled warning to Pakistan that its hand of friendship should "not be taken for granted" after deadly border clashes between the two sides.
Celebrations were being held under heavy security, especially in New Delhi where large areas were sealed off for an annual parade of military hardware at which Bhutan's king Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck was chief guest.
India's President Pranab Mukherjee told rival Pakistan in his annual address to the nation on the eve of the celebrations that New Delhi's hand of friendship should "not be taken for granted".
His warning came amid a ceasefire which took hold last week in the disputed region of Kashmir after the nuclear-armed nations agreed to halt cross-border firing that has threatened to unravel a fragile peace process.