Nation observes Defence, Martyrs’ Day to pay tributes to Martyrs, Ghazis

President, PM pledge nation to never compromise on territorial integrity, sovereignty

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

Special prayers offered after Fajr in mosques for the progress and 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.

The day dawned with 31 gun salute at the Federal Capital and 21 gun salute at provincial capitals.

Presdent and the Prime Minister in their separate messages on the occasion of Defence and Martyrs Day have renewed the pledge that brave Pakistani nation will never compromise on its sovereignty, security 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.

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.

Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain has paid rich tributes to the martyrs of 1965 war.

In a tweet on Monday, he said this day is dedicated to the mothers who lost their sons, wives who were widowed and children who became orphans.

Meanwhile in another tweet, Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Farrukh Habib said Pakistan created history by giving a befitting response to enemy’s aggression.

The Minister of State said entire nation is proud of its armed forces for making Pakistan defence impregnable.

Living nations come out stronger and harder in the face of challenges. Pakistani nation stood out too, strong and resolute when the enemy in 1965 War challenged our existence. When India on 6 September initiated an undeclared war against Pakistan, the whole nation came out to the support of its defenders; many even started marching towards the border with bare hands. Such a display of national unity galvanized the already spirited armed forces in their fearless fight against the enemy, which has no parallel in history. The gallant soldiers and officers, pilots and sailors proved to the world that they are ever ready to defend every inch of the homeland at all costs. They fought bravely and did not care for their own lives and defended the frontiers by offering supreme sacrifice. This magnificent day, the 6th of September, comes each year to let us pay rich tributes in particular to our heroes, the Ghazis and Shuhada, and the gallant armed forces overall, who have always been nation’s hope and pride. We salute the valiant sons of soil for laying down their precious lives in defence of their country. We pay homage to the families of Shuhada for sacrificing their loved ones in the defence of motherland. As we remember this day, the enemy hasn’t accepted peaceful coexistence since creation of Pakistan – be it 1948, 1965, 1971 wars, the two decades long war against terror, creating disturbances and doing sabotage activities inside Pakistan or new waves of unleashed propaganda through cyber warfare and spy software. Unfortunately, in the past India constantly perpetrated terrorism against Pakistan, using Afghan soil to create unrest in Pakistan. On this day we not only condemn those involved in such heinous acts but also pay special tributes to our valiant Armed Forces who have rendered invaluable sacrifices for our motherland. The world must hold India accountable for its rogue behavior. We commend the proactive and timely response of our security forces; India today stands exposed before the world community for its bid to hamper peace in the region, especially with reference to Pakistan. 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. India will have to give Kashmiris their due right to self-determination, under the UN Security Council resolutions; sooner the better. On our part, we will continue to expose the real face of radicalized India. The saner international elements do recognize our role for peace. Let me reiterate, our desire for peace must not be misconstrued as weakness rather it must be reciprocated for sake of economic wellbeing and peoples’ prosperity in the entire region. My message on this day to the valiant Armed Forces is that together we have come a long way in the struggle for making Pakistan’s defence strong and impregnable.

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