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6 September 2020: Pakistan Marks 55th Defence and Martyrs Day

Pakistan on Sunday marked its 55th Defence and Martyrs  Day to commemorate the sacrifices of fallen heroes during the 1965 war.

It was on this day in 1965 when the nation foiled the treacherous plans of the enemy, when the Indian forces crossed the international border in the darkness of night to attack Pakistan.

The daybreak with a 31-gun salute at the Federal Capital and 21-gun salute at provincial capitals.

The main ceremony in connection with 6 September was held at GHQ, Rawalpindi. COAS General Asim Bajwa laid a floral wreath at the memorial of martyrs and offered Fateha.


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Keeping up with the tradition, change of guards was held at the Quaid-e-Azam’s mausoleum in Karachi with Air Vice Marshal Shakeel Ghazanfar as the chief guest of the ceremony. A contingent of 46 cadets of the Pakistan Air Force Asghar Khan Academy took over guard duties. 

A smartly turned out contingent comprising of 46 cadets including three women, of Pakistan Air Force Asghar Khan Academy assumed the guard duties.

Air-Vice Marshal Shakeel Ghazanfar laid the floral wreath on Mazar and offered Fateha. He also recorded his impressions on visitors’ book.

Addressing the ceremony Air Vice Marshal Shakeel Ghazanfar paid rich tribute to the martyrs and Ghazis and said armed forces are ready for the safety and security of the motherland.

Defence and Martyrs Day ceremony was held at Naval Headquarters in Islamabad on Sunday morning.

Naval Chief Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi laid a floral wreath at the memorial of martyrs and offered Fateha. He also met the family members of Shuhada

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