Pakistani nation marks Defence Day with new pledges
07 September, 2013
ISLAMABAD: The Defence Day of Pakistan was observed on Friday with zeal and fervour across the country.
Traditional ceremonies and rallies were held to pay homage to the shuhada and ghazis for rendering supreme sacrifices in defence of the motherland. Special prayers were offered for the solidarity, integrity and prosperity of the motherland at all mosques. Wreaths were laid and Fateha was offered at the graves and monuments of recipients of Nishan-e-Haider, the highest gallantry award. The messages from respective service chiefs were read out to the troops. Hilal-e-Istiqlal was hoisted at Lahore, Sargodha and Sialkot where citizens alongside armed forces braved enemy's aggression with valiance and honour and caused enemy an ignominious defeat.
People took out rallies in Islamabad, Karachi, Peshawar, Quetta, Sargodha and Sialkot to pay tribute to the martyrs and ghazis. A peace rally was held in Peshawar in connection with Defence Day during which speakers paid tributes to the martyrs and ghazis of 1965 Indo-Pak war. Participants of the rally, organised by Pasban NGO and members of the Civil Society at Hastnagri on GT Road, were holding photos of recipients of Nishan-e-Haider award. Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani addressed a passing-out parade of cadets at the Military College Sui (MCS) in Balochistan.
The cadets of the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) Academy Risalpur mounted guard's duty at the mausoleum of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah in a traditional ceremony in Karachi. Air Vice Marshal Rashid Kamal, Air Officer Commanding PAF Academy Risalpur, inspected the guard of honour, laid a wreath and offered Fateha at the mausoleum. The ceremony also commemorated the visit of the Father of the Nation to PAF Academy Risalpur 66 years ago.