Web Desk (September 06, 2018): Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry on Wednesday said Prime Minister Imran Khan will be the chief guest at Defence and Martyr’s Day ceremony on September 6 (Today).
“Prime Minister Imran Khan will grace ‘Defence and Martyrs Day’ ceremony on September 6 at GHQ as chief guest,” Chaudhry tweeted.
Earlier, Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Wednesday paid rich tributes to the martyrs and their families who have given countless sacrifices for safeguarding the country.
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“The death of a martyr is the life of the nation. Salute to the martyrs of Pakistan and their families,” the army chief said in a message released on social media by the Inter-Services Public Relations.
The ISPR also released a promotional video on Twitter along with the army chief’s message.
— Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor (@OfficialDGISPR) September 5, 2018
The army chief’s message came a day before Pakistan celebrates Defence Day on September 6 to mark the 53rd anniversary of the 1965 war with India and the sacrifices of the Pakistan armed forces who fought valiantly to defend the homeland.
Last month, Director General Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asif Ghafoor said the nation’s martyrs and their families will be remembered and honoured on Defence and Martyrs Day 2018.
Speaking at an ISPR planning conference, Major General Ghafoor said the Ministry of Information and the military’s media wing are coordinating to pay tribute to the martyrs and their sacrifices on the occasion of Defence and Martyrs Day.The conference was also informed that the main ceremony of the day would be held at General Headquarters and broadcast live.
On September 6, 1965, Indian forces violated the international border and attacked Pakistan at midnight. The enemy had code-named the operation ‘Riddle 11’. At such a critical time, a limited contingent of the Pakistan Army intercepted the enemy advance at Bambanwala Ravi Bediyan (BRB) Canal. This was the same BRB canal where Major Raja Aziz Bhatti embraced martyrdom among many others defending the motherland.
The day is celebrated across Pakistan every year to pay tribute to the sacrifices of the the soldiers who fought valiantly and martyrs who laid down their lives to protect the motherland.