SIALKOT/ MANDI BAHAUDDIN

All set to celebrate Defence Day of Pakistan with traditional zeal, national spirit and renewed pledge to sacrifice lives for upholding sovereignty and solidarity of the country while paying homage to all the martyrs and Ghazis of September 06, 1965 Indo-Pak War here on Friday (today). The day will dawn with special prayers in all the mosques for national solidarity, integrity, prosperity and peace.

The main “Hilal-e-Istaqlal” hoisting ceremony would be held at historical Sialkot Fort under the auspices of Sialkot Tehsil Municipal Administration (TMA), where, people and Pak Army personnel will hoist Hilal-e-Istaqlal, which was conferred upon to the people of Sialkot, who wrote a golden history of bravery by sacrificing their lives for defending the motherland near Sialkot during September 06, 1965 Indo-Pak War. The people and senior Pak Army officials will salute Shuhada and will lay floral wreaths at their graves in Sialkot, Daska and Chawinda during the special ceremonies to be held there.

Sialkot based senior Pak Army officials said that the Defence Day of Pakistan reminds us of the indomitable courage and unmatched sacrifices of our gallant men who 48 years ago, showed the world that the Defence of Pakistan was unassailable. They said that September 6 stands out as a symbol of our enduring display of unity, faith and discipline as a nation. The day, when the nefarious designs of the enemy, bedevilled by her arrogance of numerical superiority, were thwarted. It is the day to pay homage to Shuhada and Ghazis, and to draw inspiration from their iconic acts of velour and supreme sacrifices.

The day also proclaims that the proud sons of this valiant nation are even capable of defending the sacred frontiers of the Motherland. They added that compared to 1965, Pakistan today has emerged as more resilient and vibrant country with strong conventional and non-conventional power. The day reminds us of determination, selflessness and sacrifices of our Armed Forces, which they had rendered for the Defence of Pakistan. Local social, political, religious and civil society organizations would also take out a rally from Sialkot city’s congested Allama Iqbal Chowk to Chawinda.

Chawinda has a great significant role in 1965 War, as it is called a graveyard of the invading tanks of the enemy (India).

On the other hand, the senior Pak Army officials also will lay the floral wreaths at the graves of martyrs in Daska, Sambrial, Uggoki, Pasrur, Sialkot Cantt and surrounding areas and saluted them with cannons.

In MANDI BAHAUDDIN, the 48th Defence Day of Pakistan will be observed on Friday in the district with simplicity. In this connection ex-servicemen will hold a gathering at TMA Hall under arrangement Pakistan Ex-Servicemen Society (PESS). Veterans would pay homage to all those who lay down their lives in defence of the country and pray for the progress and prosperity of the country. They will also renew their pledge to defend the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Pakistan at all costs. The senior most soldier of the district would be the chief guest on this occasion.