RAWALPINDI: The nation along with the Armed Forces celebrated the Defence Day of Pakistan with simplicity but renewed pledge to defend the territorial integrity and sovereignty of country at all cost.
The day dawned with prayers in army units, naval establishments and air force bases for the progress and prosperity of the country. Special Dua was offered for the eternal peace of the Shuhada, who laid down their lives in defence of the country. The special messages of the Services Chiefs were read out to the troops of Army, Navy and Air Force.
Wreath laying ceremonies were held at the graves and monuments of the recipients of the Nishan-e-Haider, the country's highest gallantry award. A large number of people belonging to various walks of life attended the ceremonies to pay homage to the brave sons of soil, who demonstrated indomitable courage and valour in defence of the motherland.
Brigadier Muhammad Asif, Brigade Commander, laid a wreath and offered Fateha at the grave of Captain Muhammad Sarwar Shaheed, the first recipient of the coveted Nishan-e-Haider, who embraced Shahadat at Tilpatri (Azad Kashmir) in 1948.
Brigadier Khalid Mukhtar Farani, Station Commander Okara, laid a wreath and offered Fateha at the Mazar of Major Tufail Muhammad Shaheed, at Tufailabad in Arifwala Tehsil. Major Tufail Muhammad embraced Shahadat at Lakshmi Bridge in East Pakistan in 1958.
Lieutenant General Raheel Shareef, Commander Gujranwala Corps, laid a wreath at the grave of Major Aziz Bhatti, Shaheed, in Ladian near Gujrat and offered Fateha. Major Raja Aziz Bhatti Shaheed embraced Shahdat in 1965 at Burki, Lahore.
Brigadier Tariq Mehmood, Station Commander, laid a wreath and offered Fateha at the monument of Major Muhammad Akram Shaheed at Jhelum. Major Muhammad Akram embraced Shahdat at District Hilli in East Pakistan. Brigadier Qaiser Shahzad laid a wreath and offered Fateha at the grave of Major Shabbir Sharif Shaheed at Lahore. Major Shabbir Shareef Shaheed embraced Shahadat while defending the motherland in 1971.
At Mehfoozabad, old Pind Malkan, Colonel Ejaz Ahmed Chaudhary, Deputy Commandant Punjab Regimental Center, laid a wreath at the grave of Lance Naik Muhammad Mehfooz Shaheed and offered Fateha. Lance Naik Muhammad Mehfooz embraced Shahadat while defending the motherland at Atari, Wagha border in 1971.
Brigadier Asrat Mehmood, Brigade Commander, laid a wreath at the grave of Sawar Muhammad Hussain Shaheed at Dhoke Muhammad Hussain near Gujar Khan and offered Fateha. Sawar Muhammad Hussain Shaheed embraced Shahadat while defending the motherland at Zafarwal Sector in 1971.
In a similar ceremony, Chairman Senate Standing Committee for Defence and Defence Production, Mushahid Hussain Syed, alongwith honourable members and Brigadier Mushtaq Ahmed Faisal, laid a wreath at the grave of Captain Karnal Sher Khan Shaheed and offered Fateha. Captain Karnal Sher Khan embraced Shahadat while defending the motherland at Gultari Sector on the Line of Control in 1999.
Brigadier Muhammad Raza, Commandant Northern Light Infantry (NLI) Centre, laid a wreath and offered Fateha at the grave of Havildar Lalak Jan Shaheed, Havildar Lalak Jan Shaheed embraced Shahadat while defending the motherland on Line of Control in 1999.
A wreath ceremony was held at Nakial Sector to pay homage to Naik Saif Ali Shaheed, Hilal-e-Kashmir (equivalent to Nishan-e-Haider). Major General Sajjad Rasul, General Officer Commanding laid a wreath and offered fateha.
The contingents of the respective regimental centers and units of the Shuhada presented the salute as a mark of tribute for the epic action of their great warrior.