Pakistan is celebrating Defence Day with a renewed promise to protect and safeguard the motherland’s geographical and ideological boundaries at every cost.
Defence Day, an event marked to pay tributes to the ghazis and reaffirms commitment to defend the motherland against all threats.
However, Pakistani cricketers also join in remembering the day to pay tribute to martyrs of the 1965 war.
Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi, current women’s team captain Bismah Maroof, and many others posted messages on social media handles.
سنگلاخ چٹانوں اور سر سبز میدانوں کے پار تکتی نگاہیں، تپتے ریگ زاروں اور یخ بستہ برف زاروں میں پہرا دیتے قدم، تند ہواوں اور شہ زور لہروں کا سینہ چیرتے بدن، ان تھک، پر عزم اور بلند ہمت، اے میرے دیس کی سرحدوں کی لاج رکھنے والو،
تمہیں وطن کی ہوائیں سلام کہتی ہیں!
— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) September 6, 2020
Alhamdulillah❤️ proud to be a Pakistani and blessed to be representing it.
Wishing you all a very happy independence day.
Praying for a safer, brighter and greater Pakistan 🇵🇰#IndependenceDay #PakistanZindabad pic.twitter.com/5pmpnADbuL
— Bismah Maroof 🇵🇰 (@maroof_bismah) August 14, 2020
— Babar Azam (@babarazam258) September 6, 2020
Hail to all the martyrs and fighters , soldiers and civilians , men and women who played/are playing their part to strengthen Pakistan 💚
— Javeria Khan (@ImJaveria) September 6, 2020
— Shaheen Shah Afridi (@iShaheenAfridi) September 6, 2020
Happy defence Day 🇵🇰
The whole nation salutes our brave heroes, all the armed forces and martyrs who sacrificed to defend our homeland.
This day is a reminder of bravery, unity and faith on the almighty 🙏🏽#DefenceDay
— Wahab Riaz (@WahabViki) September 6, 2020
— Hassan Ali 🇵🇰 (@RealHa55an) September 6, 2020
— Mohammad Hafeez (@MHafeez22) September 6, 2020
Moreover, at the mausoleum of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah (Karachi), change of guards ceremony took place. A contingent of Pakistan Air Force cadets assumed responsibility of guards.
A special event was also held at the Lahore Rangers Headquarters. In Rawalpindi, Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa laid a wreath at the Martyrs’ Monument at GHQ.
Furthermore, Fateha and Quran Khawani were also held for the martyrs.
A special ceremony also held at Aiwan-e-Sadr during which President Dr. Arif Alvi will confer military awards upon the officers and soldiers of the armed forces in recognition of their meritorious services to the nation.
The day’s activities also include visiting the families of martyrs as well as monuments built in their memory.