Defence and Martyr’s Day being observed with patriotic zeal and fervour

By: News Desk      Published: 11:13 AM, 6 Sep, 2021
Defence and Martyr’s Day being observed with patriotic zeal and fervour

Defence and Martyrs' Day is being observed to pay tributes to the martyrs and Ghazis for defending the motherland against Indian threat in 1965 India-Pak war, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

The day dawned with 31 gun salute at the Federal Capital and 21 gun salute at provincial capitals. An investiture ceremony of change of guard in connection with Defence and Martyrs' day was held at Quaid-i-Azam mausoleum in Karachi on Monday morning.

Air Officer Commanding Asghar Khan Academy Air Marshal Qaisar Khan Janjua was the chief guest. The cadets of the Pakistan Air Force assumed the responsibility of the guard at the mausoleum.

This year's Defense and Martyrs' Day theme is "Our martyrs our pride, a salute to all the relatives belonging to ghazis and Shaheeds.”

Special prayers were offered after Fajr in mosques for the prosperity of the country and independence of Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir from the cruel clutches of India. Fateha and Quran Khawani is also being held for the martyrs.

Indian forces violating international laws crossed the international border in the dead of the night and attacked Pakistan but the Pakistan Armed Forces with the help of a brave nation foiled nefarious designs of the enemy.

President and the Prime Minister in their separate messages on the occasion of Defence and Martyrs Day have renewed the commitment that brave Pakistani nation will never compromise on its sovereignty and territorial integrity.

President Dr. Arif Alvi in his message said Pakistan, being fully cognizant of developments in its neighborhood is committed to securing peace, and prepared to thwart any plot hatched to hamper peace.

He commended the security agencies for their relentless efforts towards exposing the enemy carrying out covert activities.

Dr. Arif Alvi emphatically stated that Pakistan will never back away from its principled stand on the issue of Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

“Let us once again salute the heroes who sacrificed their lives while defending the motherland. Let us make a resolve that while keeping alive the spirit of September in our hearts, we shall continue to play our roles towards safeguarding the security of Pakistan to ensure a prosperous future for the nation”, the President stressed.

Prime Minister Imran Khan in his message said the gallant soldiers and officers, pilots and sailors fought bravely and did not care for their own lives and defended the frontiers by offering supreme sacrifice.

He said India today stands exposed before the world community for its bid to hamper peace in the region, especially with reference to Pakistan.

The Prime Minister said due to our government’s proactive diplomacy, the international community is now convinced that the persecution of minorities across India and the atrocities unleashed on innocent Kashmiris in Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir must end forthwith.

Imran Khan said India will have to give Kashmiris their due right to self-determination, under the UN Security Council resolutions; sooner the better.

The TV channel reported that General Officer Commanding (GOC) Major General Raza Azad laid a wreath and offered fateha at the mausoleum of Major Shabbir Sharif at Miani Cemetery, Lahore on behalf of the Chief of Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa Major Shabir Sharif Shaheed on the occasion of Defense Day.

Sindh Governor Imran Ismael said that he saluted to the defenders and martyrs of the 1965 war.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mehmood Khan in a message on Defence Day said, “September 6 is a day of bravery and heroism in our Armed Forces. On September 6, 1965, our brave Armed Forces together with the nation crushed the nefarious intentions of the enemy. This day sends a clear message that the Pakistani nation and its forces know how to protect their freedom.”

Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar in a message on Defence Day said that coward enemy attacked Lahore in 1965 but brave sons of the soil—Pakistan Armed Forces—defended the motherland and wrote their names in the golden history of warfare.

Pakistan Air Force (PAF) Air Chief Marshal Zaheer Ahmad Babar Sadhu said that Defense Day has a special significance in country’s history and it was the reflection of country’s best national unity and a lasting reminder of the professionalism, bravery and sacrifice of the Armed Forces of Pakistan which they demonstrated on the battlefield.