ISLAMABAD: Nation will celebrate 51st Defense of Pakistan Day today with national zeal and fervor to defend the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country and will pay homage to martyrs over their sacrifices for the motherland. The day will dawn with special prayers in mosques for the progress and prosperity of the nation.
There would be 31 gun salute at the Federal Capital and 21 gun salute at provincial capitals. The day is a reminder to the determination, selflessness and sacrifices of our armed forces, which they had made for the defence of Pakistan. On 6th September 1965, Pakistan’s valiant armed forces and the entire nation stood united to foil the nefarious designs of the enemy who had dared cast an evil eye on the territorial integrity and sovereignty of the country.
”Local social, political, religious and civil society organisations would lay down the floral wreathes on the graves of the martyrs in local graveyard, besides, saluting them with cannons.
Main functions of the day will be held at General Headquarters Rawalpindi and Convention Centre in Islamabad to pay tribute to the martyrs of Pakistan.
In Sialkot, the main Hilal-e-Istaqlal hoisting ceremony would be held at historical Sialkot Fort under the auspices of Tehsil Municipal Administration (TMA).
The Pak Army personnel and common public will hoist the Hilal-e-Istaqlal, which was conferred upon the Sialkot people, who wrote a golden history of bravery by sacrificing their lives for defending the motherland near Sialkot during the war.
Pak Army officials and public will salute the Shuhada and lay the floral wreaths at their graves in Sialkot, Daska and Chawinda during special ceremonies. Chawinda has a great significant role in 1965 War, as it is called the graveyard of the invading tanks of the enemy (India).
“The Defence Day reminds us of the indomitable courage and unmatched sacrifices of our gallant men in the war as they proved the world that the defence of Pakistan was unassailable.
September 6 stands as the symbol of our unity, faith and discipline as a nation. On the Day, the nefarious designs of the enemy, bedeviled by its arrogance of numerical superiority, were thwarted.
Defence experts say “Compared to 1965, Pakistan today has emerged as more vibrant country with the conventional and non-conventional weapons.