Defense Day – SFOC affirms Pakistani armed forces are fully capable of combating all threats

RAWALPINDI – The Chief of Staff of the Army, General Qamar Javed Bajwa, has stated that the Pakistani armed forces are capable of combating all external and internal threats in an appropriate manner.

Addressing a Defense and Martyrs Day ceremony held at Rawalpindi Headquarters on Monday, SFOC said we have fought every enemy with courage and achieved self-sufficiency in capabilities defense which made the country’s defense impenetrable.

The army chief said that the armed forces, with the support of the nation, have achieved unprecedented successes in the fight against terrorism and in the normalization of the country.

He said that there is no doubt that the relationship between the Pakistani military and the nation is the strong shield that has always defeated the dark hand tactics of the enemy against the homeland.

General Bajwa vowed that the armed forces would not hesitate to make sacrifices in protest against the homeland, adding: “Our desire for peace should not be mistaken for a weakness”.

President Arif Alvi, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCS) General Nadeem Raza, Chief of Naval Staff, Air Marshal, Federal Ministers, Chief of opposition in the National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif and other senior civilian and military officials were present on the occasion.

The theme of this year’s Defense and Martyrs Day is “Our Martyrs Our Pride, A Tribute to All Relatives of Ghazis and Shaheeds”.

The day broke with 31 rounds of gunfire in the federal capital and 21 rounds of gunfire in the provincial capitals. State radio will also broadcast special programs containing national songs, interviews with family members of martyrs and ghazis to pay homage to defenders of the homeland.

Defense Day is celebrated every year on September 06 with zeal and patriotic zest as a National Day to commemorate and pay rich homage to the martyrs and Ghazis of the Pakistani army and to the heroes from all walks of life who gave their lives while protecting the homeland against the aggression of Indian Forces during the wars including 1965 and Kargil.

The world has witnessed the unprecedented passion and sacrifice of the Pakistanis who have come forward in standing firm with their armed forces through difficult times.

It is a day of national unity and solidarity as the nation has become victorious against all adversaries while strictly adhering to the national motto of Quaid’s golden principles: Faith, Unity and Discipline.

In 1965, the border areas of Lahore, Sialkot and Sindh were attacked by a cowardly Indian army. The battle continued until the UN administered ceasefire was accepted by both sides on September 22, 1965.

Pakistan’s valiant heroes not only defended its territory, but also protected the lives and homes of thousands of civilians. Therefore, the nation pays homage to all those national heroes who gave up their lives in accordance with their duties.

Pakistan and India waged the 1965 war over the Kashmir issue, but the issue is still not even resolved between the two sides. MM Alam, the legendary war hero of 1965, the very first Pakistan Air Force (PAF) fighter pilot whose record of shooting down five Indian warplanes in less than a minute still remained undefeated .

Alam shot down a total of nine combat aircraft in aerial combat while piloting an F-86 Saber during the 1965 Pak-India War. He is considered a national hero of Pakistan due to his remarkable display of brilliance and bravery in the 1965 war. He wrote an unforgettable tale of heroism when he brought down Indian fighter planes.