ISLAMABAD: The entire nation along with the armed forces of the country will celebrate the Defence Day on September 6 with a solemn pledge to defend the geographical and ideological boundaries and territorial integrity of the motherland.
It was on this day in 1965 that the Indian forces crossed international border in the darkness of night to attack Pakistan, but the ever-vigilant armed forces, solidly backed by the nation, foiled nefarious designs of the enemy.
According to details, the day will dawn with a 31 gun salute in the federal capital and 21 in the provincial capitals. Special prayers in mosques across the country will be held seeking Allah Almighty’s blessings for the well-being and prosperity of the country.
Fateha and Quran Khawani will also be held for those who laid their lives to serve the nation and opted to embrace the supreme sacrifice.
Wreath laying ceremonies will be held at the mausoleums of the recipients of Nishan-e-Haider – the highest gallantry award – which will be attended by senior officers of the respective areas across the country.
Special events will also be held at the defence formations, where defence equipment will be displayed for information and knowledge of the entire folk especially the youth.
The main function of the day will be held at General Headquarters (GHQ) in Rawalpindi to pay tributes to the martyrs.
According to sources, Pakistan Navy (PN) is also launching its first ever story based patriotic video song “Yeh Mera Ghar Hay Yaad Rakho”, and a special documentary to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of Special Services Group (Navy), completing its 50 years of raising.
Both the song and the documentary will be released on national electronic and social media on the occasion of Defence Day.
Meanwhile, the national media – both print and electronic – have chalked out comprehensive coverage plans of the events to be held on this occasion. Special supplements will also be published by the print media while the electronic will telecast and broadcast special programmes signifying the importance of the day.
The supplements in print and programmes by the electronic media will depict the sacrifices rendered by the national heroes, providing ample opportunity to the youth and school children to abreast themselves about the heroic role they had played to make the country’s defence impregnable.
The media would also carry the messages of the president, prime minister and services chiefs in relation to the importance of the day.
Special talk shows have also been planned by the state run and privately owned television and radio channels across the country.