Paying homage to the martyrs, Maj-Gen (r) Shafiq Ahmed, who also fought the 1965 War, said that the Defence Day of Pakistan reminds the nation of the indomitable courage and unmatched sacrifices of our gallant men who 48 years ago, proved the world that the Defence of Pakistan was unassailable.

He was addressing the participants of a special ceremony held at Victory Hall Sialkot Cantt in connection with the National Defence Day. He said the cunning Indian army had also displayed the Pakistani flags on the attacking India tanks to deceive the Pak Army the local people, when the India invaded Pakistan during the night of September 06, 1965 near Chawinda-Sialkot.

“Soon, the local people and Pak Army soldiers came to know this reality. Then, Indian Army attacked Chawinda with 600 tanks.

It was a major Indian attack, which was repulsed by Pakistan Army and the local brave people, who laid down under the attacking Indian tanks with the heavy bombs on their bodies. They blew up all the Indian tanks by sacrificing their lives and they made Chawinda as the grave yard of the destroyed Indian tanks there,” he added.

The people of Chawinda wrote a golden history of bravery by sacrificing their lives for defending the motherland near Chawinda-Badiana during the September 1965 Indo-Pak War. The world’s biggest war of the tanks was fought there near Chawinda in 1965 , in which the local peaople laid down under the invading Indian tanks with bombs  and blew up themselves, besides, completely destroying the hundreds of the Indian army’s tanks, making Chawinda-Badiana a graveyard of these tanks. They sacrificed their lives to save the motherland during 1965 war.

He said the whole of the world watched that the Pakistani nation was dropping even the last drops of their blood for defending Pakistan from India and knocked out the invading army, forcing it to go back after this biggest defeat.

The senior Pak Army official said, “September 6 stands out as a symbol of our enduring display of unity, Faith and Discipline as a nation. On the day when the nefarious designs of the enemy bedeviled by her arrogance of numerical superiority were thwarted. It is the day to pay homage to our 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.”

He added, “Compared to 1965, today’s Pakistan 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.”

Garrison Commander Maj-Gen Amir Aslam Khan and other senior Pak Army officials including Maj-Gen (r) Muneeb Hassan Khalid, Brig (r) Muhammad Ameer Ehsan Janjua and Haji Muhammad Azam also addressed the meeting.