ISLAMABAD – The Pakistani nation will celebrate Defence and Martyrs Day today (Thursday) to pay homage to the martyrs and ghazis who became a rock solid wall to defend the motherland against the aggression of enemy. It was on this day in 1965 that Indian forces crossed international border in the darkness of night to attack Pakistan but the nation and the armed forces foiled the nefarious designs of the enemy. The day will dawn with 31 guns salute at the

Federal Capital and 21 gun salutes at provincial capitals. Special prayers will be offered after Fajr prayers in mosques for progress and prosperity of the country. Fateha and Quran Khawani will also be held for the martyrs.

Change of guard ceremony will take place at Mazar-e-Quaid in Karachi in the morning and a PAF contingent will assume guard duty.

Main ceremony of the day will be held at General Headquarters in Rawalpindi from 8pm to 10pm to pay homage to the martyrs and their families.

Prime Minister Imran Khan will be chief guest on the occasion. The ceremony will be attended by Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, three services chiefs, Ministers, Senators, MNAs, ambassadors, diplomats, military and civilian officials and people from various walks of life.

On Tuesday last, Corps Commanders Conference held in Rawalpindi with Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa in the chair had paid rich tribute to the martyrs of Pakistan.

The Army Chief directed that field formation should reach out to families of martyrs in their respective areas as mark of respect and acknowledgment of their great sacrifices.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Imran Khan in his message on the occasion said on Wednesday that observance of Defence Day of Pakistan in fact is reiteration of the message to the enemy forces that the entire Pakistani nation along with its armed forces will spare no effort to protect the motherland.

“Furthermore, we all collectively will face our problems following the Quaid’s principles of Faith, Unity and Discipline. Lets play our role with diligence and devotion for progress of the country,” the prime minister said in his message on the Defence Day of Pakistan being celebrated on Thursday (Sept 6).

He said the Defence Day was the best reflection of national unity and solidarity. “This year the Defence Day is quite unique because the Armed Forces of Pakistan, keeping in view their magnificent traditions, have achieved standout achievements in the war against terrorism which provided further stability and continuity to the motherland,” he added.

He said the topic of ‘Hame Pyar Hay Pakistan Say’ represented the spirit and ambition of the entire nation. The d Defence Day of Pakistan, he said, was not limited to only 6th September but its real spirit remained alive throughout the year.

Prime Minister Imran Khan said the whole world had witnessed the passion of Pakistani people and its armed forces and specially there was no example of sacrifices the Pakistani children, youth, women and elders had given in the war against terrorism during the last 17 years.


“We present salute and devotion to our Shuhada and Ghazis who performed their duty in defending the motherland.”


The prime minister, while appreciating the courage and professionalism of Armed Forces of Pakistan in eliminating militancy and terrorism, said no doubt their efforts for national development, strengthening of democracy and world peace were laudable.

He said Pakistan believed in peaceful coexistence and wanted to promote mutual cooperation with all its neighbours and the entire world on equal basis.

The prime minister stressed upon the world powers to play their role to stop Indian cruelty and aggression in the occupied Kashmir. The resolution of Kashmir issue according to the United Nations resolutions was indispensable.

He paid tributes to all the martyrs, Ghazis, their families and relatives, and assured them that the government would leave no stone unturned in their welfare. The government, he added, would continue absolute struggle in the war against terrorism till its logical end.

“Afwaj-e-Pakistan Zindabad, Pakistan Paindabad,” the prime minister said.

In Sindh, main event of the day will be held in Karachi with the change of guard at Mazar-e-Quaid in the morning in which a smartly turned out contingent of Pakistan Air Force will assume the guard duties.

The representatives of three armed services will also visit the mazar of the father of the nation and lay floral wreath and offer fateha.

Representatives of armed forces will also visit the families of martyrs to express solidarity with them and to pay homage for the sacrifice of their loved ones.

In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the main function in connection with the Defence and Martyrs Day will be held at Karnal Sher Khan Shaheed Stadium, Peshawar.

Corps Commander Peshawar Lt. General Nazir Ahmad Butt will be chief guest on the occasion.

Families of martyrs will also attend the function.

An exhibition of military equipment including air defence, armor and artillery has been arranged to mark the day.

Floral wreaths will be placed at the graves of martyrs.

In Balochistan, main ceremony will be held at the Yadgar-i-Shuhada in Quetta Cantt.

Chief Minister Balochistan, Mir Jam Kamal Khan and Commander Southern Command Lieutenant General Asim Saleem Bajwa will lay a floral wreath on the Yadgar-i-Shuhada.

Besides, a flag hoisting ceremony will be held at the grave of Nawabzada Mir Siraj Raisani in his ancestral village Killi Kanak in Mastung district.

Inspector General Frontier Corps Balochisatn, Major General Nadeem Anjum will lay a floral wreath on the grave of martyr.

In Azad Jammu and Kashmir, main function would be held at Neelum Stadium in Muzaffarabad in the morning.

AJK President Sardar Muhammad Masood Khan would be the Chief Guest on the occasion.

The ceremony will be attended by AJK Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider Khan, families of martyrs, high ranking military and civil officials and notables of the city.

A function would also be held at Hockey Ground Narrol Stadium in the evening under the aegis of Kashmir Liberation Cell.

Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider Khan would be the Chief Guest on this occasion.

The city has been decorated with the portraits of national heroes and martyrs of 1965 war.



Pakistan celebrates Defence Day today