ISLAMABAD/LAHORE  - The Defence Day will be observed today (Friday), reiterating resolve to sacrifice for the motherland. The day will dawn with Quran Khawani for martyrs in all the main mosques while wreaths will be laid on their graves.

On September 6, 1965, the Pakistani forces backed by the nation fought off the Indian onslaught.

In their messages, religio-political leaders called for revive the 65-like courage to cope with challenges confronting the country.

President Asif Ali Zardari renewed resolve to purge out militancy. “Let us also pay homage to our sons and daughters who laid down their lives in the defence of the motherland. Their sacrifices will never go in vain,” the president said in his message. We salute the people for demonstrating exemplary unity and armed forces for their bravery and courage”. He also paid homage to the martyrs who laid down their lives in 1965 war. “They laid down their lives so that we live in safety and with honour,” Zardari remarked.

NPT sitting

 The Nation Editor-in-Chief and Nazaria-i-Pakistan Trust (NPT) Chairman Majid Nizami will preside over a special sitting to be held in connection with Defence Day at the Aiwan-i-Karkunan Tehrik-i-Pakistan today (Friday).

The speakers include Prof Dr Rafique Ahmad, Col (r) ZI Farrukh, Gen (r) Rahat Latif and MPA Rana Tajammul Hussain.

The NPT and the Aiwan-i-Karkunan Tehrik-i-Pakistan is jointly organizing the programme.

Meanwhile, the students of the New Gohar Foundation High School Ferozewala on Thursday visited the Aiwan-i-Karkunan-i-Tehreek-i-Pakistan to attend Aaghi programme of Nazaria-i-Pakistan Trust (NPT). They also visited the Pakistan Movement Gallery.

Also, mobile ideological units led by their coordinators visited the Madrissa Naeemia Noorul Quran Habib Ganj, Government Boys High School Gulberg, Government Model Girls High School Gulberg, CDG Boys and Girls High Schools Wafaqi colony, Government High School Badami Bagh and CDG Junior Model School Ravi Road respectively.