Nation celebrating Defence Day with renewed commitment
06 September, 2009
KARACHI: The nation celebrating the Defence Day today, Sunday to commemorate the great sacrifices for guarding the country against aggression and renew the pledge to make country`s defence invincible.
The nation paid homage to the heroes of September 6 besides the change of guards ceremonies were held at the Mausoleum of Quaid-e-Azam and Mazar-e-Iqbal.
The day dawned with the Quran Khawani particularly for Martyrs in the unit mosques after Fajr prayers and for the solidarity of the country. Flag hoisting ceremonies held at unit and formation level and floral wreath laid at the Mazar-e-Quaid on behalf of the three services. Special prayers were held for all those who laid their valuable lives for the safety of the country and the nation, while the nation along with the Armed Forces of Pakistan celebrating the Defence Day with the pledge to leave no stone unturned in rendering any kind of sacrifice for the security of our country.
Change of Guards ceremony at the Mazar of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of the nation was held in the city. Pakistan Air Force cadets presented the Guard of Honour and hoisted the national flag, while assuming the Guard duty at the Mazar-e-Quaid.
In Lahore, change of guards’ ceremony was held at the Mazar of the poet laureate, Allma Muhammad Iqbal. Garrison Commander Major General Shafqat Ahmad laid the wreath on the Mazar. Brigadier Imtiaz Haider laid wreath at the grave of Lance Naik Muhammad Mahfooz located on Kahuta Road in the outskirt of Rawalpindi and offered ‘Fateha’. Brigadier Syed Hussain Shah Abbas laid wreath on the mazar of Captain Col Sher Shaheed (Nishan-e-Haider) at Swabi and an elegant and smart contingent of Pak Army presented guard of honour. Station Commander Okara Garrison, Brigadier Manzoor Ahmad laid wreath at the mazar of Major Tufail Muhammad Shaheed (Nishan-e-Haider) at Boreywala and offered’Fateha’.