ISLAMABAD - The Special Committee Constituted by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for preparation of the 50th anniversary of Defense Day on September 6 has decided to commemorate the event nationwide with fervour and enthusiasm.

Defence Minister Khawaja M Asif chaired a meeting on Wednesday and discussed the arrangements to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Defence Day of Pakistan.

Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid, Minister for States and Frontier Regions Abdul Qadir Baloch and Secretaries of Defence and Cabinet divisions attended the meeting.

Addressing the participants, Khawaja Asif said that it is the 50th anniversary of the 1965 war and the government wanted to celebrate the day in a befitting manner. “The country is in a state of war even today against multiple enemies. We need to revive the spirit of 1965.” he added.

The meeting decided that special events would be organized to pay rich tribute to the martyrs of 1965 war as they were the great heroes and our benefactors who laid down their lives for the defence of their motherland. It was further decided that the entire nation would also commemorate their valour and courage and pay homage to their families and those ghazis who returned victorious to the homeland.

Special programmes would also be organized to highlight the role of the poets, intellectuals, artists and singers who not only injected a new zeal and spirit among the soldiers but also promoted a sense of unity in the country during the course of war in 1965. In the meeting, it was also decided that the media would be appealed to play its due role in projecting the 50th anniversary of 6th September, 1965 in a befitting manner so that the awareness about the sacrifices of our brave soldiers and our forefathers are transferred to the next generation.

The committee further decided to assign Senator Pervaiz Rashid, Minister for Information, to finalize the media strategy and coordination regarding the event.