Pakistan celebrates Defence Day Wednesday to mark the 52nd anniversary of the 1965 war with traditional fervour and renewed pledge to defend the motherland against all threats.
The celebrations commenced with a change of guard ceremony at the mausoleum of AllamaIqbal in Lahore and Mazar-e-Quaid in Karachi, and a ceremony at the Pakistan Navy headquarters in Islamabad.
Special prayers were offered after fajr in mosques for progress and prosperity of the country. Fateha and Quran Khawani were also held for the martyrs. It was on this day in 1965 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.
A number of events are set to be held across the country to mark the day.The main event of the day will be held at General Headquarters in Rawalpindi to pay tributes to the martyrs. Army Chief General QamarBajwa will address the ceremony, expected to be held in the evening.
Events, seminars and rallies are also being organised in Azad Jammu and Kashmir today to highlight the significance of the day.In Muzaffarabad, the main function will be held at Neelum Stadium which will also be attended by AJK President Sardar Muhammad Masood Khan and Prime Minister Raja FarooqHaider Khan—TNS