KARACHI: “A war our army fought in 1965 and won it and a war our army is fighting today against terrorism and Inshallah we will win it also because in both the wars our army had and has the unflinching support the nation.”
This was stated by Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah while addressing on the occasion of golden Jubilee celebration of Pakistan Defence Day organised by Sindh government at CM House Sunday, says a handout.
The celebration were attended by Chairman Senate Raza Rabbani, DG Rangers Major General Bilal Akbar, AVM Salman Ahsan Bukhari, Vice admiral Syed Arifullah Hussaini, provincial ministers, elected representatives, businessmen, member of civil society and notables.
The chief minister said that Pakistan army is considered one of the best armies in the world. “We are proud of our forces. We cannot forget the sacrifices of our soldiers who saved with country with their blood. On this day I salute to the mothers, sisters and sons who lost their dear ones for the sake of this country,” he said.
Chairman Senate Mian Raza Rabbani addressing on the occasion said that Pakistan Army has always played its due role assigned to them under the Constitution of Pakistan. “Wars cannot be won merely by army until they have the support of the nation and our nation has always stood by our forces whether it was the war of 1965 or the on-going war against terrorism,” he said.
Air Vice Marshal Salman Ahsan Bukhari said that the spirit of the pilots he had witnessed in 1965 has multiplied many times today. “In 1965 we had limited resources even then with the spirit of nationalism and unity of the nation we had destroyed the Indian forces,” he said and added that the inclusion of JF-17 in the fleet has further strengthened the air force of the country.
Vice Admiral Syed Arifullah Hussaini “today we are not celebrating the war but we are celebrating the national spirit which was high in 1965 has reached now to its climax against war on terror.”
He said that under a conspiracy our economy is being destroyed. “These are the tactics of modern war fares. We have to unite against this conspiracy. Destruction of economy means destruction of nation, therefore we have to work carefully and restore peace so that economy can be developed,” he said.