Nation marks Defence Day to pay homage to martyrs
(Web Desk)- Pakistan is commemorating Defence and Martyrs Day on Wednesday (today) with solemn ceremonies and tributes to pay tribute to the valiant soldiers and civilians who have laid down their lives while preserving the nation’s security and sovereignty.
This annual event is marked on September 6th each year to observe the sacrifices made by the armed forces and civilians during the 1965 Indo-Pak War and resultant conflicts.
The day began with the hoisting of the national flag at half-mast at all government buildings and military installations across the country.
This gesture is a symbolic expression of the nation’s grief and gratitude for the fallen heroes.
The day dawned with a 31-gun salute at Islamabad and a 21-gun salute at provincial capitals.
A special prayer was held at Faisal Mosque in Islamabad, attended by top government officials, military leaders, and citizens.
Special prayers were also offered after Fajr prayer in mosques for the progress and prosperity of the country and the independence of Indian illegally Occupied and Kashmir (IIOK).
At the Quaid-e-Azam Mausoleum in Karachi, an investiture ceremony of change of guard took place in honor of Defence and Martyrs’ Day.
Air Vice Marshal Gazanfar Latif, the Air Officer Commanding of PAF Academy Asghar Khan, presided as the distinguished guest for this event.
In the morning, a detachment from the Pakistan Air Force Academy Asghar Khan assumed the responsibility of guarding the Mazar-e-Quaid in Karachi.
During this significant occasion, a meticulously presented group comprising 57 cadets from the Pakistan Air Force Academy Asghar Khan took on the guard duties.
Air Vice Marshal Gazanfar Latif paid his respects to the Mazar by placing a floral wreath and offering Fateha.
Educational institutions held seminars and discussions to educate the younger generation about the significance of the day and the sacrifices made by their forefathers.