Defence Day: ( Nation observes 50th Defence Day of Pakistan)

ISLAMABAD: The nation observed golden jubilee of Defence of Pakistan Day on Sunday to pay tributes to martyrs and reiterate commitment to defend the motherland against all threats.

It was on this day in 1965 that the Indian forces crossed international border in the darkness of night to attack Pakistan but ever vigilant armed forces, solidly backed by the nation, foiled designs of the enemy.

The day this year assumes special significance in the backdrop of threats being hurled from across the Eastern border and the on-going fight against terror. The day dawned with 31 gun salute in the federal capital and 21 gun salute in provincial capitals.

After Fajar prayers, special prayers were offered for the progress and prosperity of the nation. One minute silence was observed at 9:29am to pay tribute to martyrs of 1965 war.

The aim of observing silence was to convey a message of unity in defending the motherland. This was followed by airing of national anthem by all radio and television networks at 9:30am. Fighter jets of Pakistan Air Force presented a splendid fly-past at a ceremony held in connection with Defence of Pakistan Day at Air Headquarters in Islamabad.

President Mamnoon Hussain was the chief guest on the occasion. JF-17 thunder fighter jets, F-16s, Mirage, Super Mashak and Sherdils presented thrilling aerobatic manoeuvres amidst the cheers and clapping of spectators.

Helicopters of Pakistan Army Aviation also participated in the fly past. Personnel of Special Services Groups displayed a breathtaking show of paratrooping while carrying the national flags.

Numerous functions were held across the country to pay tributes to martyrs and highlight different aspects of the war and the way the nation defeated designs of the enemy. Main function of the day held at General Headquarters in Rawalpindi to pay tributes to martyrs of Pakistan.

Defence Day of Pakistan was also celebrated in Gilgit Baltistan with traditional zeal and fervour. In Gilgit, main function held at Corps Headquarters Force Command Northern Areas.

The 50th Defence Day of Pakistan was also celebrated in Azad Jammu and Kashmir with full enthusiasm and fervour. The main function to pay homage to martyrs held at Neelum Stadium in Muzaffarabad.