DefDay

Pakistan Defence Day today

ISLAMABAD: The entire nation along with the armed forces of the country will celebrate Defence Day today with a solemnized pledge to continue defence of the geographical, ideological boundaries and territorial integrity of the motherland.
The day will dawn with a gun salute, 31 in federal and 21 in the provincial capitals. Special prayers in all mosques, especially of those in defence formations will be held seeking well being and prosperity of the country.
Fateha and Quran Khawani will be held for those who laid their lives in the line to serve the nation, opting to embrace supreme sacrifice.
Wreath laying ceremonies will be held at the mausoleums of the recipients of Nishan-e-Haider (highest gallantry award) which will be attended by the senior officers of the respective areas across the country.
Special events will be held at the defence formations where defence equipments will be displayed for the information and knowledge of the entire folk with special regard to the youth.
Main function to highlight the significance of the day will be held at the lawns of General Headquarters, where Chief of Army Staff Gen Raheel Sharif will address the guests inclusive of next of kin of Shuhuda besides Ghazis. People from all walks of life have been invited at that function.
It was on this day in 1965 that the Indian forces crossed international border in the darkness of night to attack Pakistan but ever-vigilant armed forces, solidly backed by the nation, foiled nefarious designs of the enemy.
Meanwhile, the national media, both print and electronic have chalked out comprehensive coverage plans of the events to be held in this connection besides publishing special supplements by the print media while the electronic media will telecast and broadcast special programmes signifying the importance of the day.
Special talk shows have been planned by the state run and privately owned television and radio channels across the country.
About half a century ago, during 1965 war, the adversary had announced to have breakfast at Lahore Gymkhana after capturing the historic city but the valiant armed forces of the country had made her to keep repenting her decision for rest of her life.
Pakistan Army, Navy and Air Force had inflicted deep wounds in shape of Halwara, Dwarka, Kasur and Chamb Joriyan incidents and the adversary never would refer to the history of these incidents which literally made her to lick wounds.
On the other hand, Inter-Services Public Relations has arranged a full-dressed rehearsal at Lahore’s Fortress Stadium.
In a statement, the citizens were informed about the gun salute in the metropolis nearly at 10 am to 10:30 am so that they would not get afraid.
Separately in Peshawar, preparations are underway to arrange exhibition of army equipments for air defence, armour and artillery Corps, engineering instruments and many others. Al-Khalid and Al-Zarrar tanks, Ababeel and Shahbaz Drones, arms and radar system used by armed forces would also be displayed in the exhibition. Staff Reporter