Pakistan’s Defence Day to be observed as Kashmir Solidarity Day

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ISLAMABAD: Beginning the day with a 31-gun salute in the Federal Capital and 21-gun salutes in the provincial capitals, Pakistan observes the 54th Defence and Martyrs Day as Kashmir Solidarity Day today. Prime Minister Imran Khan stated that all of Pakistan stands united against India’s attempt to alter the status of occupied Kashmir.

The main ceremony for Defence Day is being held at the General Headquarters in Rawal­pindi, where Chief of Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa observed a guard of honour and paid his tribute at the Martyrs Monument.

A special ceremony was held at the mausoleum of Quaid-e-Azam in Karachi, which included the change of guard. Another ceremony was held at the mausoleum of Allama Iqbal in Lahore, where Major Gen. Muhammad Aamir laid a wreath. A contingent of the Pakistan Army presented a guard of honour.

A message by the PM Imran Khan stated that this day stands as a symbol of enduring display of unity, indomitable courage and unmatched sacrifices by our gallant soldiers.

The Interior Ministry declared solidarity with Kashmiris and martyrs. People were further encouraged to visit the families of the martyrs to stand with them and assure their full support.

“Our shuhada and ghazis are our heroes and the nation owes them gratitude and respect,” said PM Imran Khan, as he applauded the sacrifices of the armed forces for ensuring the safety and security of the country.

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