The 54th Defence Day of Pakistan is being celebrated today all over the country with pledges to defend the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Pakistan at all cost.
The day began with a 31-gun salute in the federal capital and 21-gun salutes in the provincial capitals. Special prayers were also offered after Fajr prayers for the independence of occupied Kashmir as well as for the progress and prosperity of Pakistan, Radio Pakistan reported.
The main ceremony for Defence Day was held at the General Headquarters in Rawal¬pindi, where Chief of Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa laid a wreath at the Martyrs Monument and observed a guard of honour.
A special ceremony was held at the mausoleum of Allama Iqbal in Lahore where Maj Gen Muhammad Aamir laid a wreath on Iqbal’s mausoleum. A contingent of the Pakistan Army presented a guard of honour.
A special ceremony including the changing of the guards was also held at the mausoleum of Quaid-i-Azam in Karachi.
This year, the Defence Day is being observed as a day to express solidarity with oppressed people of occupied Kashmir. Prime Minister Imran Khan is also expected to visit the families of martyred soldiers today, suggest reports.
Kashmir Solidarity Rallies are also planned in different cities to express solidarity with the Kashmiri people facing atrocities of Indian security forces in the occupied valley. Since Aug 5, residents of the occupied valley have been living under strict military curfew.