Defence Day observed to remember national heroes

Impressive wreath laying ceremonies held across country

Quetta

Like other parts of the country, the Defence Day was commemorated here with zeal and fervor and firm resolve to leave no stone unturned for the safety and protection of motherland. Chief Minister Balochistan Mir Jam Kamal and Commander Southern Command Lieutenant General Asim Saleem Bajwa jointly laid a wreath to pay homage to the martyrs, who laid down their lives for the defence of the motherland, said a press release issued by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).
Commander Southern Command, Lieutenant General Asim Saleem Bajwa also paid rich tribute to the martyrs stating that Pakistan Army had a rich tradition of chivalry and sacrifices of its Shuhada was a golden chapter in the history of Pakistan. He said that security forces with the backing and support of the nation were ready to take on any challenge. He also vowed to help the government of Balochistan for the capacity building of law enforcement agencies. He said that Pakistan Army had chalked out a comprehensive training programme for police and levies, which would enable them to combat terrorism and enforce the writ of the government.
Meanwhile, the Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Shah Farman has said that we would not forget our national heroes that laid their lives for defense of the country. He was addressing a prestigious ceremony held on the eve of Defense Day at Younas Stadium, Miranshah in North Waziristan on Thursday. Paying rich tributes to martyrs, he said their sacrifices for the country’s defense would always be remembered. He said that ensuring peace, stability and security in the country is the top most priority of the new government.
Governor said that ensuring development and progress of tribal districts as per aspirations of people is also the priority of the government. He said that thousands of youth and elders have sacrificed their lives for security of the country and the entire nation would always remember their sacrifices with respect. He also praised role of tribal people for peace and stability of the country.
In Sialkot Defence Day of Pakistan was celebrated with great enthusiasm and zeal in the district on Thursday. The day-long programmes started with special prayers in mosques for unity, solidarity and prosperity of the country. Hilal-e-Istiqlal flag hoisting ceremony was held under the auspices of Sialkot Municipal Corporation. Station Commander Brig Ayaz Masood Khan along with Mayor Tauhid Akhtar and MPA Manshaullah Butt jointly unfurled Hilal-e-Istiqlal flag in Jinnah hall.
The ceremony was attended by a large number of People belonging to different walks of life including students. Quran Khawani was also held at various places for Shuhada who laid their lives for the defence of the motherland. It may be mentioned that Hilal-e-Istiqlal flag was awarded to people of Sialkot for courage, unity and spirit they demonstrated during 1965 war. Programmes were held in various educational institutions to pay rich tributes to the Shuhada of 1965 war. A large number of people visited graveyard in Chawinda and laid flower wreathes at the graves of Shuhada.
In Bahawalpur, Defence and Martyrs Daywas celebrated with national enthusiasm here Thursday. The main event was held at Noor Mahal where Arms and Ammunition Exhibition was held. Latest arms and vehicles were put on display. A large number of civilians visited the exhibition and showed a keen interest in the arms on display. The air show was also held by Pakistan Army Aviation. A special tribute was paid to the martyrs while heirs of the martyrs were honored at the occasion.
Another event was held at Sadiq Public School Bahawalpur in which school students sang national songs. Principal Mian Muhammad Ahmad emphasized the importance of the day and gave a historical account of Defence Day. District Sports department Bahawalpur organized various sports events to mark the day. Kabbadi, Basketball, and Wrestling events were held at Dring Stadium Bahawalpur in which were witnessed by a large number of people.
A ceremony to this in connection with the day was held here at Abbottabad University of Science and Technology (AUST) where tributes were paid to national heroes, martyrs and Ghazis. Addressing on the occasion, Vice-Chancellor Professor Dr. Iftikhar Ahmed said Indian forces cowardly attacked during night but the brave forces of Pakistan responded well and forced the enemies to retrieve. “We are proud of our forces for making the defence of Pakistan impregnable,” Professor Dr. Iftikhar Ahmed said.
Besides, tribal elders, political and social activists and religious leaders, senior officials of the security forces were also in attendance. Deputy Inspector General Frontier Crops, Ihsan Khattak was the chief guest of the ceremony who along with participants laid floral wreath at Yadgar-e-Shuhada and offered Fateha. The participants recalled sacrifices of the martyrs and paid tributes to their sacrifices for motherland and reiterated their commitment to defend the mother land against all aggression.
In Sargodha, the 53rd Defence Day was observed here on Thursday to pay tribute to the martyrs of 1965 war. The day dawned with special prayers in the mosques for well-being and prosperity of the country and special events were also arranged across the city. The pictures of martyrs of the 1965 war were also displayed to pay tributes to the sacrifices of brave soldiers across city.—APP

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