Indian bid to hamper regional peace stands exposed, says PM Imran on Defence Day

250,000 jobs created under Naya Pakistan Housing Authority
250,000 jobs created under Naya Pakistan Housing Authority

Pakistan commemorated the 56th Defence Day on Monday to pay homage to the martyrs of the 1965 war against India, reports Dawn
On September 6, 1965, the people of Pakistan and the country’s armed forces thwarted nefarious designs of the enemy after India attacked across the international border and a full-scale war broke out, which concluded with a ceasefire on September 22.
During the war, 1,617 square miles of territory was occupied by Pakistan as compared to 446 square miles of Pakistan’s open and undefended territory occupied by India.
The Pakistan Army had captured 20 Indian officers, 19 junior Indian commissioned officers and 569 other ranks.
Commemorating the heroes of the war who sacrificed their lives for their motherland and fought the enemy with valour, this year’s theme for Defence Day is “Our martyrs our pride, salute to all the relatives belonging to ghazis and shaheeds”.
The day began with a 31-gun salute was in Islamabad and 21-gun salutes in the provincial capitals, reported Radio Pakistan.
A change of guard ceremony was held at the Naval Headquarters in Islamabad in the morning to pay tribute to the armed forces.
An investiture ceremony of change of guard was also held at the Quaid’s mausoleum in Karachi. Air Marshal Qaisar Khan Janjua was the chief guest on the occasion, and the cadets of Pakistan Air Force took over guard duties at the mausoleum.
In his message, Prime Minister Imran Khan recalled the sacrifices of the country’s soldiers, officers, pilots and sailors who fought bravely in the 1965 war and defended the frontiers by offering supreme sacrifice.
He said, “India today stands exposed before the world community for its bid to hamper peace in the region, especially with reference to Pakistan.”
The prime minister said that due to the Pakistan government’s proactive diplomacy, the international community was now convinced that the persecution of minorities across India and atrocities unleashed on innocent Kashmiris in the occupied valley must end forthwith.
He added that India will have to give the Kashmiris their due right to self-determination under the UN Security Council resolutions.


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