The 54th Defence Day of Pakistan would be celebrated today all over the country with pledges to defend the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Pakistan at all cost.
The day would dawn with prayers in Army Units, Naval Establishments and Air Force Bases for the progress and prosperity of the country. Special prayers would be offered for the eternal peace of the Shuhada, who laid down their lives in defence of the country.
This year, the nation will also express solidarity with residents of India-occupied Kashmir, who have been under lockdown for the past month. The Indian government had placed Kashmiri leaders under house arrest and imposed a strict curfew and communications blackout in the region before it repealed Article 370 of the constitution, revoking occupied Kashmir’s special status.
In relation to the Defence Day the leading events will be held at Wahga border where the flag-lowering ceremony in the later afternoon will take place and the other at Fortress Stadium in the morning. A huge number of people are expected to reach these sites.
Defence is celebrated in Pakistan as national day to commemorate the sacrifices made by Pakistani soldiers in defending its borders. The date of 6 September marks the day in 1965 when Indian troops crossed the international border to launch an attack on Pakistani Punjab, in a riposte to Pakistan’s Operation Grand Slam targeting Jammu.
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