Nation observes Defence Day today
The Pakistani nation is observing Defence Day with fervor and zeal, to pay homage to the martyrs and ghazis for defending the motherland against the aggression of the enemy.
The Defence Day is celebrated to remember the sacrifices rendered by the nation armed forces and pay tribute to all the martyrs of 1965 war.
On 6th September 1965, the Indian troops crossed the international border to launch an attack on Pakistani Punjab, in a riposte to Pakistan’s Operation Grand Slam targeting Jammu.
However, special prayers were offered after Fajr prayers in mosques today for the progress and prosperity of the nation.
Moreover, 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.
Taking it to Twitter, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) paid tribute to the martyrs and stated “dear all who risk your lives for the motherland and all who have given your life for the country, please accept the highest form of gratitude from all of us who are the witness and are breathing in free space because of you!”.
The Indo-Pakistani War of 1965 began with Pakistan sending 7,000–8,000 Soldiers disguised as locals into the Kashmir Valley with the objective of inciting the population into rebellion against India.
However, the strategy failed due to poor coordination, and the infiltrators’ presence was soon disclosed to the Indian military by local Kashmiris.
On 1 September, it launched a tank attack, dubbed Operation Grand Slam, towards the Akhnoor bridge in the Jammu Division.
According to scholar Shuja Nawaz, the Pakistani general intended to capture the Akhnoor bridge and swing towards Jammu to cut off India’s communications with the Kashmir Valley.
On 6 September, according to its “pre-declared strategy” of riposte,the Indian Army crossed the international border in Punjab with the objective of cutting off the Grand Trunk Road near Lahore. The attack came as a complete surprise to the Pakistani commanders
According to Air Marshal Nur Khan, the Army Chief General Musa Khan told the President on the second day of the war that the Army had run out of ammunition. He states that the Army suffered heavy losses in the war.