Countrymen celebrate Defence Day with traditional zeal, attend ceremonies to honour martyrs
The entire nation along with Armed Forces Saturday celebrated the Defence Day of Pakistan with traditional zeal and renewed pledge to defend the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Pakistan at all costs.
Defence Day of Pakistan dawned with prayers in Army Units, Naval Establishments and Air Force Bases for the progress and prosperity of the country, the ISPR said.
Special Dua was offered for the eternal peace of the Shuhada, who laid down their lives in defence of the country. The special messages of the Services Chiefs were read out to the troops of Army, Navy and Air Force.
Wreath Laying ceremonies were held at the Graves and Monuments of the recipients of the Nishan-e-Haider, the country’s, highest gallantry award and also on the graves of other Shuhada who laid their lives for the defence of motherland. A large number of people belonging to various walks of life attended the ceremonies to pay homage to the brave sons of soil who demonstrated indomitable courage and valour in defence of the motherland.
Brigadier AdilYamin, Brigade Commander laid a floral wreath and offered fateha at the grave of Captain Muhammad Sarwar Shaheed, the first recipient of the coveted Nishan-e-Haider who embraced Shahadat at Tilpatri (Azad Kashmir) in 1948.
A floral wreath was laid the grave of Major Tufail Muhammad Shaheed, at Tufailabad in Tehsil Arifwala. Major Tufail Muhammad embraced Shahadat at LakshmiBridge in East Pakistan in 1958. Brigadier farooq Ahmed laid floral wreath at his grave.
Major General Humayun Aziz, General Officer Commanding Kharian laid a floral wreath at the Grave of Major Aziz Bhatti, Shaheed, in Ladian near Gujrat and offered fateha. Major Raja Aziz BhattiShaheed embraced Shahdat in 1965 at Burki,Lahore.
Major General Sher Afghan General Officer Commanding laid a floral wreath and offered fateha at the grave of Major Muhammad AkramShaheed at Jhelum. Major Muhammad Akram embraced Shahdat at District Hilli in East Pakistan.
Major General FidaHussain General Officer Commanding Lahore laid a floral wreath and offered fateha at the Grave of Major Shabbir Sharif Shaheed at Lahore. Major ShabbirShareefShaheed embraced Shahadat while defending the motherland in 1971.
At Mehfoozabad, old Pind Malkan, Brigadier Tarique Quaider laid a floral wreath at the Grave of Lance Naik Muhammad MehfoozShaheed and offered fateha. Lance Naik Muhammad Mehfooz embraced Shahadat while defending the motherland at Atari, Wagha border in 1971.
Brigadier Shah Nawaz laid a floral wreath at the Grave of Sawar Muhammad HussainShaheed at Dhoke Muhammad Hussain near Gujar Khan and offered fateha. Sawar Muhammad HussainShaheed embraced Shahadat while defending the motherland at Zafarwal Sector in 1971.
Brig MudassirAzam laid a floral wreath at the grave of Captain Kernal Sher Khan shaheed who was awarded Nishan-e-Haider for his valour and bravery in Kargil war.
Major General Asim Munir, Commander FCNA laid floral wreath at the grave of HavildarLalikJan ShaheedNishan-e-Haider.
A ceremony was held to lay floral wreath at Nikyal sector to pay homage to Nike SaifullahJanjua shaheed (Hilal-i-Kashmir equivalent to Nishan-e-Haider). Brigadier Talib Zafar Dar laid floral wreath at his grave.
Display of military equipment and weapon for general public was arranged at all major Garrisons of the country. In this connection an exhibition was arranged at Army Aviation Qasim Base Dhamial Rawalpindi.