Message from President of Pakistan on Defence Day

Islamabad: The significance of September 6 lies in the fact that on this day in 1965 the people of Pakistan from all provinces and all walks of life joined hands in solidly standing behind the armed forces to face a serious threat to the country. The unprecedented national unity demonstrated on this day has made it a memorable day in our national calendar.

The day is a reminder how the people and the armed forces together can conquer aggression and overcome any challenge to the country.

On this day we salute the people for their unprecedented unity, the armed forces for their valour and courage to defend the country and pay homage to the martyrs who laid down their lives in defending the country.

The need to imbibe the spirit of September 6 this year is even greater as the country is confronted with a new and far more serious challenge to its existence from the militants, extremists and fanatics.

Let us therefore commemorate September 6 this year by paying homage to the great sons and daughters of the nation who laid down their lives in the defence of the motherland. Let us also reiterate our resolve to demonstrate the spirit of September 1965 in meeting the new challenges to the country.

Our people and armed forces have offered unprecedented sacrifices in the war against militancy. No other nation has paid such a heavy price as the people of Pakistan in fighting the militants and to safeguard their right to live in accordance with the democratic values for which Pakistan was created.

On this occasion, I wish to reiterate that the sacrifices of our people will not go in vain. I also wish to pay homage to all the martyrs who shed their blood while defending the country. They had laid down their lives so that we live in safety and with honour. We will never allow their sacrifices go waste.

Pakistan Paindabad.

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