Nation celebrates Defence & Martyrs Day with zeal
ISLAMABAD (92 News) – The nation is celebrated Defence and Martyrs Day to pay tribute to the martyrs and ‘Ghazis’ who became a rock solid wall to defend the motherland against aggression of enemy on September 6, 1965.
It was the day when Indian forces crossed the international border in the darkness of night to attack Pakistan, but the nation foiled the nefarious designs of the enemy.
The day dawned with 31-gun salute in the federal capital and 21-gun salute in provincial capitals. Special prayers were offered after Fajr prayers in mosques for progress and prosperity of the country.
Fateha and Quran Khawani is also being held for the martyrs.
The main ceremony was held at General Headquarters, Rawalpindi from 8pm to 10pm to pay tributes to the martyrs and express gratitude with their families.
Prime Minister Imran Khan was the chief guest on the occasion. The ceremony was also attended by COAS Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, services chiefs, Ministers, Senators, MNAs, ambassadors, diplomats, military and civilian officials and people from various walks of life.
A special ceremony was held at Naval Headquarters, Islamabad. Vice Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Kaleem Shaukat was the chief guest.
On the occasion, the message of the Naval Chief was also read out in which he highlighted the role played by Pakistan Navy in the war of 1965.
Admiral Kaleem Shaukat also laid a floral wreath at the martyrs’ monument.
In Lahore, change of guard ceremony was held at Mazar-e-Iqbal. Garrison Commander, Major General Muhammad Aamir laid a floral wreath on behalf of the Chief of Army Staff at the Mazar-e-Iqbal and offered Fateha.
In Karachi, change of guard ceremony was held at Mazar-e-Quaid. During the ceremony, a smartly turned out contingent of Pakistan Air Force assumed the guard duties.
The representatives of three armed services will also visit the mausoleum of the father of the nation and lay floral wreath and offer Fateha.
In Gilgit-Baltistan, Commander Force Command Northern Area Maj Gen Saqib Mehmood Malik laid a floral wreath at the tomb of Havaldar Lalik Jan Shaheed Nishan-e-Haider at Hundur in Ghizer.