LAHORE – Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said the way our valiant armed forces fought in the 1965 Indo-Pak War was a golden chapter in our national history.

In his massage on the occasion of Defence Day, the chief minister said today the Pakistani nation had to pledge again that it would forget all political, linguistic and other prejudices and would unite to strengthen the motherland.

Shahbaz said the nation had always faced challenges with determination and showed courage in every hour of difficulty. He said war could not be won only with arm, but the whole nation had to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with its valiant forces to defeat the enemies. He said in order to make national defence impregnable, the PML-N government made the world accept Pakistan as an atomic power in 1998.

The chief minister said PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif, displayed great courage by making atomic explosions, laid the foundation of a sovereign Pakistan, towards which no one could ever think of malice. He said the PML-N never compromised on national defence, however, unfortunately, the country was facing more internal dangers today than the external threats.

“We would have to accept the fact that our nation is far away from those objectives which were set forth by our forefathers and for which the country was created after tremendous sacrifices,” the chief minister said.

He said today we would have to think as to why Pakistan had become a hub of problems like electricity loadshedding, inflation, unemployment and lawlessness. “Today we have to think why all facilities of life are being enjoyed by the elite, while the poor are denied even two meals a day, education, health and other facilities,” the chief minister added.

“September 6 is the day to renew our loyalty with Pakistan and on this day, we should firmly resolve that we would unite as a nation and counter all internal and external dangers, just as we did in the war of 1965,” Shahbaz held. He said the nation required similar unity and zeal to face the challenges the country was confronting today.

The chief minister said supreme sacrifices of jawans and officers of Pakistan Army would be remembered throughout the history. He said the armed forces displayed great determination to protect the sovereignty of the country. He said the PML-N pledged it would continue its struggle till Pakistan was transformed into the country as was envisioned by Quaid-e-Azam and Allama Iqbal.

He said that no stone would be left unturned to strengthen the defence of Pakistan and to achieve new heights of economic development. Shahbaz said the country would be brought out of darkness, while all such foreign aid which was given at the cost of national honour would be renounced.