Islamabad, Pakistan – Today, on Defence and Martyrs Day, caretaker Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar paid heartfelt tribute to the brave soldiers of Pakistan’s armed forces. He commemorated the sacrifices made by these valiant individuals, especially those who laid down their lives to safeguard the nation’s peace and security.
Pakistan has been grappling with increased security challenges in recent months, including rising terrorism, extremism, and external threats. In his address at the Yadgar-e-Shuhada ceremony in Islamabad, PM Kakar reiterated the nation’s unwavering commitment to stand shoulder to shoulder with its armed forces, defending the integrity and prosperity of Pakistan.
“We gather here today to honor the courageous sons of our soil who embraced ‘shahadat’ while protecting our nation’s security,” the interim prime minister stated, his words filled with respect and gratitude.
In his message on Defence and Martyrs’ Day, PM Kakar emphasized that September 6 is a day synonymous with strength, bravery, courage, and resilience. He laid a floral wreath at the Pakistan monument, offering prayers for the martyrs, highlighting that the sacrifice made by these brave individuals for the nation will forever be etched in the hearts of its people. He drew attention to the Holy Quran, which mentions martyrs with great reverence.
Reflecting on the moments of martyrdom, PM Kakar remarked, “This is a moment that may seem like the end, but it is, in fact, a moment of meeting with the immortal.”
This poignant day, during which the entire nation stands united with its armed forces, calls for a renewed commitment to serving Pakistan and paying tribute to its soldiers, said the prime minister.
The Defence and Martyrs Day is observed in memory of the martyrs and veteran soldiers of the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965. It serves as a reminder of the armed forces’ dedication to protecting the nation against all threats.
On this day in 1965, Indian forces crossed the international border to launch an attack on Pakistan. However, Pakistan’s brave forces thwarted the enemy’s nefarious designs, securing the nation’s sovereignty.
The day commenced with a 31-gun salute in the federal capital and a 21-gun salute in provincial capitals. Special prayers were offered for the progress, prosperity, and the independence of Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK).
Meanwhile, the Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, services chiefs, and the armed forces of Pakistan also paid tribute to the martyrs, their families, and war veterans. In a statement released by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the military leadership stressed that on September 6, 1965, a smaller yet righteous force overcame a numerically larger enemy through professionalism, determination, and faith.
The military leadership emphasized that the heroics and sacrifices associated with this day continue to inspire generations in Pakistan. They reaffirmed the armed forces’ commitment to defending the motherland against all internal and external threats.
As Pakistan faces ongoing security challenges, Defence Day stands as a powerful reminder of the nation’s resilience and unity, vowing to protect its sovereignty and uphold the sacrifices of its brave soldiers.