Every year, 6th September is celebrated as Pakistan’s defence day commemorating the bravery, courage, and sacrifices of the armed forces.
The day started with a 31-gun salute in the federal capital Islamabad, while 21 in the provincial capitals. Special prayers were offered for martyrs and the prosperity of the country after the Fajr prayer. A changing of the guard ceremony was held at the mausoleum of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah in Karachi today.
On September 6, 1965, the Indian army crossed the international border in the dark of night to attack Pakistan, but the fully alert armed forces, with the full support of the nation, crushed the wicked intentions of the enemy.
Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif paid tribute to Pakistan’s armed forces by saying “Hats off also to the heroes and ghazis, the men and women in uniform, the personnel of police and other law enforcement and intelligence agencies, who are vigilantly safeguarding the frontiers of the motherland from the external and internal threats in harsh weathers and hostile environments,”.
On this occasion, President Arif Alvi said“On this day, 57 years ago, we thwarted the evil design of the enemy and defeated it on all fronts. During that testing time, not only the Armed Forces of Pakistan fought fearlessly on the ground, in air, and in waters, but each and every citizen came out to defend and safeguard the motherland. 6th September, therefore, stands out in history as a symbol of unwavering national resolve, absolute patriotism, profound professionalism, and supreme sacrifice.”
It should be noted that on August 31, a statement issued by the media wing of the Pakistan Army stating that the September 6 event to be held at GHQ has been cancelled to express solidarity with the flood victims. According to DG ISPR, the armed forces will continue to help the brothers trapped in the floods and provide relief in the affected areas.