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The nation is celebrated Defence Day of Pakistan on Wednesday with a renewed pledge to defend the motherland against all threats.

It was on this day in 1965 when Indian forces crossed international border in the darkness of night to attack Pakistan but the nation foiled nefarious designs of the enemy. 

Special prayers were offered after Fajr in mosques for progress and prosperity of the country. Fateha and Quran Khawani was also held for the martyrs.

Main function of the day was held at General Headquarters in Rawalpindi to pay tribute to the martyrs.

Radio Pakistan broadcast special programmes to mark the day.

ISLAMABAD

An impressive ceremony was held at Naval Headquarters in Islamabad Wednesday morning in connection with Defence of Pakistan Day.

Deputy Chief of Naval Staff Farrukh Ahmad was the chief guest on the occasion.

Floral wreath was laid at the memorial of martyrs and prayers offered for defence and security of Pakistan.

LAHORE

In Lahore, a simple but graceful ceremony was held at Mazar-e-Iqbal, in which Punjab Rangers assumed the charge of Mazar's security.

Garrison Commander Lahore, Maj. Gen. Muhammad Aamir was the Chief Guest on the occasion, who laid a floral wreath and offered fateha at the national poet's grave.

KARACHI

Main ceremony of change of guard was held at Mazar-e-Quaid in Karachi on Wednesday morning. A smartly turned out contingent of Pakistan Air Force took the charge of the guard duties.

Air Vice Marshal Imran Khalid was chief guest of the ceremony who laid floral wreath and offered fateha at the Mazar of father of the nation.

Traditional national salute was also presented to the father of the nation by the cadets of the Pakistan Air Force.             

Addressing a ceremony arranged by Pakistan Air Force at Masroor base in Karachi, Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah said Pakistan Air Force has always played an important role in all the operations.

He said current wave of the terrorism is challenge for us which will be dealt with iron hands.

Meanwhile, an exhibition in connection with defence day has also been arranged at Malir Cantt.

GILGIT-BALTISTAN

In Gilgit-Baltistan, a function was held at the tomb of Havaldar Lalak Jan shaheed, Nishan-e-Haider at Hundur in Ghizer  .

Commander, Force Command Northern Area Major General Saqib Mehmood Malik laid floral wreath at the Mazar and offered Fateha.

A contingent of Northern Light Infantry Regiment presented guard of honour at the Mazar.

AZAD KASHMIR

Functions, seminars and rallies were also organized in Azad Kashmir to highlight the significance of the day.


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