Rawalpindi - Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee chairman General Khalid Shameem Wynne hosted a reception to commemorate Defence Day of Pakistan, at Joint Staff headquarters. President Asif Ali Zardari was the chief guest on the occasion.
Addressing the audience, the president said, “It is the occasion to pay homage to brave sons who sacrificed their lives to uphold the image of Pakistan in the comity of nations by successfully defeating militancy in Swat, Malakand and in the tribal areas.
Our officers and soldiers alongside people of Pakistan have set unprecedented examples of heroism and resilience in their fight against militancy. I reiterate Pakistan’s stance of defeating terrorism in any form and manifestation.”
The president further said, “The need to imbibe the spirit of September 6 this year is even greater, as we are facing far greater challenges in the shape of terrorism, sectarian strife and law and order situation in different parts of the country.”
He paid rich tributes to the officers and soldiers of valiant armed forces for making unprecedented sacrifices during different hours of ordeal may it be 1965 war, Siachen or fight against terrorism.
He said with the unabated support of the nation all the challenges being faced by the country would successfully be overcome.
Distinguished among others who attended the reception included federal ministers, Services Chiefs, ambassadors of various countries in Islamabad and other senior serving civil and military officers.