ISLAMABAD -UNS The entire nation along with the armed forces of the country is celebrating the Defence Day on Thursday with a solemnized pledge to continue to defend of the geographical, ideological boundaries and territorial integrity of the motherland.
The day dawned with gun salute, 31 in federal and 21 in the provincial capitals. Special prayers in all mosques, especially of those in defence formations held asking for well being and prosperity of the country.
Fateha and Quran Khawani also held for those who laid their lives in the line to serve the nation, opting to embrace supreme sacrifice.
Wreath laying ceremonies conducted at the mausoleums of the recipients of Nishane Haider (highest gallantry award) which was 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 (GHQ), where Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Bajwa will address the guests inclusive of next of kin of Shuhda besides Ghazis. People from all walks of life have also 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 while the electronic will telecast and broadcast special programmes signifying the importance of the day.
The supplements in print media and programmes by the electronic media, depicting the supreme sacrifices rendered by the national heroes providing ample opportunity to the youth and school children to get themselves abreast about the heroic role they had played to make the country’s defence impregnable.