ISLAMABAD: The nation is celebrating Defence Day on Wednesday (today) in remembrance of the sacrifices rendered by the armed forces in the 1965 war.
It was on this day in 1965 when Indian forces crossed border to attack Pakistan but the nefarious designs of the enemy were foiled by the armed forces.
On the occasion President Mamnoon Hussain said September 6 was a memorable day in national calendar when the people of Pakistan demonstrated unprecedented national unity and stood by the valiant armed forces to thwart a serious aggression by the enemy.
He said the commemoration of this historic day revived spirits and strengthened the resolve to defend the country against all sorts of threats. “We pay homage to all those sons and daughters of the soil who laid down their lives and endured the vagaries of war in defending the motherland,” he said.
Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, in his message to the nation on Defence Day said, today’s Pakistan, by the grace of Almighty Allah, is much stronger and its defence is impregnable. “The entire nation is inspired by patriotism; and our new generation is more enthused than ever. The citizens stand shoulder to shoulder with the armed forces,” he added.
He said September 6, 1965 was a day in the history that could never be forgotten. It was a day when the Pakistani nation not only defended the motherland, but also gave a clear and unambiguous message to the world that Pakistan was fully capable of defeating all aggression, no matter how stark, no matter how cowardly, he added.
National Assembly Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq said that the whole nation stood united alongside defence forces to foil conspiracies of the enemies to destabilize Pakistan. “Today Pakistan is confronted with multiple security challenges in the shape of extremism, terrorism and external aggression, but the entire nation stands alongside Pakistan Defence Forces to thwart evil designs against integrity and prosperity of Pakistan,” he said