Army Chief General Qamar Zaman Bajwa addressed the main event of Defense Day’19, attended by the families of martyrs and ghazis at General Headquarters Rawalpindi.
Event was attended by the families of martyrs and ghazis. Whereas, Army Chief General Qamar Zaman Bajwa attended as the chief guest of the prestigious ceremony, dedicated to those who embraced martyrdom.
The sacrifices of our martyrs will never go in vain, the Army Chief said.
COAS, while addressing to the ceremony, said that Pakistan’s message to the world is peace and reconciliation.
Pakistan fulfilled its responsibilities whole-fully, it’s now time for UN and International community to practically prevent extremism, Army Chief added.
Paying tributes to the martyrs and Ghazis, COAS laid the floral wreath at the Yadgar-e-Shuhada, during the ceremony.
Foreign ambassadors, Government officials and Senior military officials were present at the ceremony.
National anthem was sung at the beginning of the ceremony, and a tribute was paid to the martyrs with a standing ovation.
A documentary was also shown in which the martyrs were remembered by their families and friends.
General Qamar Javed Bajwa assured the Kashmiri people that Pakistan will not leave them alone or at the mercy of circumstances.
He said the valiant people and armed forces of Pakistan are ready to sacrifice anything for their Kashmiri brethern. Kashmir is our jugular vein.
Roads, intersections and other public places all over the country have been decorated with banners and steamers.
Government issued a notification to reduce office hours. Offices across the country will be closed at 3 pm on Defense Day to express solidarity with Kashmiris and commemorate the sacrifices made by Pakistani soldiers in defending its borders.