Islamabad: Today (Sunday) commemorates National Defense and Martyrs’ Day, pays tribute to the martyrs and Ghaz people, and reaffirms their commitment to defending the motherland from all threats.
It was on this day in 1965 that Indian troops crossed the international border to attack Pakistan in the dark, but the country thwarted the enemy’s evil plot.
Special prayers were held in the mosque after Fajr to pray for the progress and prosperity of the country and for the occupied Kashmir to free itself from India’s cruel dependence. Fateha and Quran Khawani were also held as martyrs.
At dawn that day, 31 guns were fired in the federal capital and 21 guns were fired in the state capital.
At the unveiling ceremony held in Awan Sadr, President Dr. Arif Alvi (Arif Alvi) will award military awards to military officers and soldiers in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the country.
Change of guards ceremony at Quaid-e-Azam’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 chief guest of the ceremony. While addressing the gathering, he said Pakistan succeeded on September 6, 1965 due to the bravery and valor of soldiers of armed forces.
Change of guards ceremony at Allama Iqbal’s mausoleum
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.
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.
Ceremony at Naval Headquarters
A ceremony in connection with the Defence and Martyrs Day was held at Naval Headquarters in Islamabad on Sunday morning.
Naval Chief Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi laid floral wreath at the memorial of martyrs and offered Fateha. He also met the family members of Shuhada.