COAS lays floral wreath at martyrs’ monument on Defence Day
September 6, 2020
RAWALPINDI (92 News) - Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Sunday visited martyrs’ monument on Defence Day and laid floral wreath. The main ceremony of the Defence Day was held at General Headquarters (GHQ) in Rawalpindi to pay tributes to the martyrs. The army chief visited the martyrs’ monument. He laid floral wreath and offered Fateha. Another ceremony in connection with Defence and Martyrs Day was also held at Naval Headquarters in Islamabad. The 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. In Lahore, an elegant change of guards ceremony was also organized at Allama Iqbal’s mausoleum where a contingent of the Punjab Rangers took over guard duties. Defence and Martyrs Day is being observed today to pay tributes to the martyrs and Ghazis and reaffirm commitment to defend the motherland against all threats. 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 nefarious designs of the enemy. Special prayers were offered after Fajr in mosques for the progress and prosperity of the country and independence of occupied Kashmir from the cruel clutches of India. Fateha and Quran Khawani are also being held 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.