KARACHI: An investiture ceremony of change of guard in connection with Defence and Martyrs’ Day was held at Quaid-i-Azam mausoleum in Karachi on Monday morning.
Air Officer Commanding Asghar Khan Academy Air Marshal Qaisar Khan Janjua was chief guest on this occasion.
The cadets of Pakistan Air Force (Asghar Khan Academy) assumed the responsiblity of guard at the mausoleum. Four women and 40 men are included in the troops who assumed the responsibility of guard.
Air Marshal Qaisar Khan Janjua offered Fatiha and laid floral wreath at the graveyard of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan.
Defence and Martyrs’ Day is being observed today to pay tributes to the martyrs and Ghazis and reaffirm commitment to defend the motherland against all threats.
It was on this day in 1965 that the Indian forces crossed international border in the darkness of night to attack Pakistan but the nation foiled nefarious designs of the enemy. This year’s Defense and Martyrs’ Day theme is “Our martyrs our pride, salute to all the relatives belonging to ghazis and Shaheeds.”
Special prayers offered after Fajr in mosques for the progress and prosperity of the country and independence of Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir from the cruel clutches of India.
Fateha and Quran Khawani is also being held for the martyrs.
The day dawned with 31 gun salute at the Federal Capital and 21 gun salute at provincial capitals.
Radio stations are also airing special programs comprising national songs, interviews of the family members of martyrs and ghazis to pay homage to the defenders of the motherland.