The nation celebrated the 53rd Defence and Martyrs Day to honour all the lives lost in the 1965 Pakistan-India war.
On September 6, 1965, Indian forces launched a surprise attack on Pakistan and crossed the international border under the cover of darkness.
The day dawned with a thirty-one gun salute in the federal capital and twenty-one gun salutes in provincial capitals. Special prayers were offered after dawn prayers in mosques for the progress and prosperity of the country. Recitation of fateha and Quran khawani was also held for the martyrs.