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We owe unprecedented martyrdom to the sacrifice of freedom and peace, said the COAS on Defence Day.

As the country fights record floods, Pakistan is celebrating Defence Day today (Tuesday) with patriotic fervour and passion and honouring the brave martyrs of the 1965 war.

Every year on September 6, the country honours the day to honour the shuhahda and ghazis of the conflict and to reaffirm its commitment to protect Pakistan from all enemies.

The day commemorates the beginning of the Pakistan-India conflict in 1965, when Indian troops crossed the international boundary in the dead of night with the goal of seizing control of the nation, but the Pakistani army foiled the enemy’s cunning plans.

The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) stated on the occasion that Defence Day symbolises the military services’ everlasting commitment to defending the motherland against all odds, supported by the “great Pakistani nation.”

“We owe our independence and peace to unprecedented sacrifices of martyrs 2 keep the flag aloft,” Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa was reported as saying by the military’s media wing.

After fajr on Tuesday, special prayers were offered in mosques to kick off the festivities. The country prayed for its development and prosperity as well as for Jammu and Kashmir’s independence from Jammu and Kashmir’s illegal occupation.

At the Mazar-e-Quaid in Karachi, there was a ceremony to shift the guards, and the guards from the Asghar Khan Academy of the Pakistan Air Force took over guard duty.Similar rituals and festivities were held at Allama Iqbal’s tomb, in addition to in schools and other educational institutions.