Rawalpindi: My nation, my dear homeland Pakistan is dearer than life and here, peace is paramount in all circumstances; as per reports, Pakistan Defense Day is underway at General Headquarters (GHQ), Rawalpindi where President Arif Ali, Chairman Civil and military leadership including Senate Sadiq Sanjarani, Leader of the Opposition Shahbaz Sharif and Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Bajwa are present.
The main ceremony at GHQ began with the recitation of the Holy Quran and hymns were sung in tribute to the martyrs and conquerors.
Addressing the function, Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa said, “Defense Day is being observed this year under the theme: Our Martyrs, Our Pride, Greetings to the Conquerors and All Relatives of Martyrs.”
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Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa addressed the media and told them that defending this land should be everyone’s top priority.
He claims that the journey of a stable Pakistan from its inception to date is adorned with the great traditions of the Pakistani nation’s passions, selflessness and patriotism.
He stated that the candle which our elders lit the candle of freedom from their sacrifice had faced severe tests from the beginning, be it 1948; the war of September 1965; the battle of 1971; Kargil War; or the long war against terrorism. And enduring war, every trial has proved that we know how to defend our country in any situation and are ready to pay any price for it.
The Army Chief said that today we salute the spirit and patience of all the martyrs and their heirs, just as the martyrs are the pride of the nation, you are also our dignity, the sacrifices you have made, the whole nation owes you.
“I guarantee you that your loved ones’ sacrifices will never be forgotten or in vain. The purpose of today’s ceremony is to renew the pledge that we will never forget our martyrs and their heirs,” he continued. Guardianship is our responsibility and the security and peace of this country are before us in all circumstances.
The ceremony also featured a documentary on the sacrifices made by the Pakistan Army on various fronts, including Kargil.
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