Pakistan observes Defence Day and Martyrs Day
Army Chief pays glowing tributes to the martyrs
Defence and Martyrs Day was observed throughout Pakistan on Sunday to pay heart-warming tributes to the martyrs and Ghazis, and reaffirm commitment to defend the motherland against all threats.
Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Sunday visited martyrs’ monument on account of Defence Day and laid a floral wreath.
The main ceremony of the Defence Day was held at General Headquarters (GHQ) in Rawalpindi to pay tributes to the martyrs.
A ceremony in connection with Defence and Martyrs Day was also held at Naval Headquarters in Islamabad. Naval Chief laid floral wreath at the memorial of martyrs and offered Fateha.
An impressive change of guard ceremony was held at the mausoleum of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah as the nation is celebrating Defence Day across the country today to pay tributes to the martyrs and ghazis.
A smartly turned out cadets of the Pakistan Air Force’s (PAF) Asghar Khan Academy assumed the ceremonial guard duties at the mausoleum. Air Vice-Marshal Shakil Ghazanfar graced the occasion as the chief guest.
It was on this day in 1965 that the Indian forces crossed international border in the darkness of night to attack Pakistan but the nation foiled the nefarious designs of the enemy.
Special prayers were offered after Namaz-e-Fajr in mosques for the progress and prosperity of the country and independence of Occupied Kashmir from the cruel clutches of the coward enemy – India.
Fateha and Quran Khawani are also being offered for the martyrs.
The day dawned with 31-gun salute at the Federal Capital and 21-gun salute at provincial capitals.
At an investiture ceremony at Aiwan-e-Sadr, President Dr Arif Alvi will confer upon military awards to the officers and soldiers of the armed forces in recognition of their meritorious services to the nation.
The day's activities will also include visiting the families of martyrs as well as monuments built in their memory.
Change of guards at Quaid’s mausoleum
In Karachi, three women and 46 male cadets of the Pakistan Air Force’s (PAF) Asghar Khan Academy took over guard duties at the Quaid’s mausoleum.
Air Vice-Marshal Shakil Ghazanfar was the chief guest at the ceremony. Addressing the gathering, he said Pakistan succeeded on September 6, 1965 due to the bravery and valour of soldiers of armed forces.
Allama Iqbal’s mausoleum
In Lahore, an elegant change of guards ceremony was organized at Allama Iqbal’s mausoleum where a contingent of the Punjab Rangers took over the guard duties.
Director General Rangers Aamir Majeed was the chief guest on the occasion. He laid floral wreath, offered Fateha at the tomb and recorded his views in the visitor’s book.