KARACHI: The 46th Defence Day of Pakistan was commemorated on Tuesday with patriotism and zeal throughout the country.
September 6 is marked to pay tribute to valiant soldiers, who died fighting for the defence of country.
The day dawned with the recitation of Quran in all the main mosques of the country and special prayers were offered for the souls of the martyrs.
Pakistan Air Force cadets presented the Guard of Honour and hoisted the national flag while a change of guard ceremony which was held at the mausoleum of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.
Air Vice Marshal Hassan Raza offered prayers at the mausoleum.
Meanwhile, a change of guard ceremony was held in Lahore at the monument of Allama Muhammad Iqbal where a wreath laying ceremony was carried out by Major General Zafar Iqbal.
The Chief Minister of Punjab Shahbaz Sharif laid wreaths on the graves of martyrs of the 1965 war in Batapur and offered fateha prayers.
President Asif Ali Zardari said on Tuesday that the citizens and armed forces have made exemplary sacrifices in the war against terrorism and extremism.
In his message on the 46th Defence Day, the president said the country is going through a crucial phase where it has to fight against terrorism and extremism at the same time.
He also appreciated the role of the armed forces in the war against terrorism. He said the whole nation salutes the soldiers who lost their lives in the fight against terrorists.