Defence Day was observed on Saturday across Pakistan to pay a tribute to the martyrs of 6th September 1965 war with India and pledge to defend the country from future threats.
Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif arrived in North Waziristan to spend the day with the troops conducting the military operation ‘Zarb-e-Azb’ since June to oust local and foreign militants from the area.
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President Mamnoon Hussain, in his message on Defence Day, paid a tribute to the valiant armed forces and urged to promote national unity and harmony which was vital to make the country’s defence impregnable.
Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif also urged the need of national unity, self-reliance, strong economy and political stability to tackle multiple threats and challenges Pakistan faces.
A change of guards ceremony took place at the tomb of Founder of Pakistan Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah in Karachi while tributes were paid to Major Raja Aziz Bhatti Shaheed, Squadron Leader Sarfaraz Ahmed Rafiqui Shaheed, Flt Lt Yunus Hussain Shaheed and Air Cdr. retd. M. M. Alam; the martyrs who laid down their lives in the 1965 war to defend the country.