ISLAMABAD: The whole nation along with armed forces is celebrating Defence and Martyrs Day on Thursday to pay tribute to martyrs of 1965 war.
The day was started in the capital with a thirty-one gun salute and twenty-one gun salute in provincial capitals.
Celebrations have been scheduled across the country to mark the day with the main event to be held at the General Headquarters in Rawalpindi which will be attended by Army Chief General Qamar Jawed Bajwa and Prime Minister Imran Khan will be chief guest.
A change-of-guard ceremony was held at the mausoleum of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah in Karachi and is also scheduled to be held at Allama Iqbal’s mausoleum in Lahore.
Special events to pay homage to the martyrs are also being held at all district headquarters. Families of martyrs are participating in the events to commemorate their sacrifices.
Wreath laying ceremonies are also being held at the mausoleums of the recipients of Nishan-e-Haider and are being attended by senior officials of the respective areas across the country.
After fajr, special prayers were offered in mosques for the country’s progress and prosperity. Fateha prayers and Quran Khawani events for the martyrs are also slated to be held later in the day.
On this day, 53 years ago, Indian forces had crossed the international border in the darkness of night to attack Pakistan but the nation foiled the nefarious designs of the enemy.
According to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the main event for the day will be held at Army Headquarters in Rawalpindi to pay tributes to the martyrs. Prime Minister Imran Khan will be the chief guest at the event, Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa said.