Islamabad: Pakistan celebrates Defence Day today to mark the 52nd anniversary of the 1965 war with traditional fervour and renewed pledge to defend the motherland against all threats.
The day began with special prayers for the progress and prosperity of Pakistan, followed by the change of guards ceremonies at the mausoleums of Allama Iqbal in Lahore and Quaid-i-Azam in Karachi, and a ceremony at the Pakistan Navy headquarters in Islamabad.
A smartly attired contingent of Pakistan Air Force (PAF) cadets assumed the responsibility of security during an impressive ceremony with Air Vice Marshal (AVM) Imran Khalid as the chief guest on the occasion.
Meanwhile, all the formations and units of the Lahore Garrison also observed Defence Day with solemnity and remembrance and paid tributes to the martyrs of 1965 war.
Corps Commander Lahore General Sadiq Ali visited Ravi Siphon near Batapur and laid floral wreath on the monument of 1965 War’s martyrs.Special events will be held to mark the Day. The national media, both print and electronic have chalked out comprehensive coverage plans of the events to be held in connection with the Day.
President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in their separate messages on the occasion paid homage to those who laid down their lives in Pakistan’s defence. Chief of Army staff Qamar Javed Bajwa will also address the nation live from GHQ at 8 p.m. on Wednesday.
The highlight of the day will be a function tonight at General Headquarters in Rawalpindi to pay tribute to the martyrs.
Artillery personnel fire cannon during an event to mark the Defence Day, at Fortress Stadium in Lahore