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Defence Day being celebrated across country with high patriotism

ISLAMABAD (Monitoring) – The nation is celebrating 52nd Defence Day across the country today
(Wednesday) with a renewed pledge to defend the motherland against all threats. The day was dawned
with a 31-gun salute in the federal capital and 21 in the provincial capitals while special prayers for the
safety and prosperity of the country were also offered at the time of Fajr. A ceremony was taken place at
the mausoleum of martyr Major Shabbir Sharif in Lahore that was attended by former Chief of Army Staff
(COAS) General Raheel Sharif who laid floral wreath on the grave.A tribute was also paid to the bravery
of Lance Naik Mohammad Mahfooz Shaheed in Sahala during which soldiers of Pakistan Army
presented guard of honor whereas Deputy Chief of Naval Staff Rear Admiral Farrukh Ahmed visited
Yaadgar-e-Shuhada. In Karachi, change of guards ceremony held at father of the nation Quaid-e-Azam’s
tomb. Cadets of Pakistan Air Force took the charge of guard duty from Pakistan Navy. However, main
function of the day will be held at General Headquarters in Rawalpindi to pay tributes to the martyrs.
Seminars and rallies are also being organized in Azad Kashmir today to highlight the significance of the
day. In Muzaffarabad, an event will be held at Neelum Stadium which will also be attended by AJK
President Sardar Muhammad Masood Khan and Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider Khan.It was on this
day in 1965 that the Indian forces crossed international border in the darkness of night to attack Pakistan
but ever-vigilant armed forces, solidly backed by the nation, foiled nefarious designs of the enemy

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