Defense Day: Nation celebrates Defense Day with simplicity amid floods
Pakistan Army postpones annual Defense Day ceremony held on September 6 at HQ
The nation is celebrating Defense and Martyrs Day today to pay tribute to shaheeds (martyrs) and ghazis (honorary living soldiers). With simplicity amid unprecedented floods that have inundated one-third of the country and claimed over 1,300 lives so far.
The Pakistan Army has postponed its annual Defense Day ceremony. Held annually on September 6 at the General Headquarters. And In solidarity with the flood victims across the country. The ceremony is held to commemorate the sacrifices of fallen heroes during the 1965 war.
In 1965, Indian forces crossed the international border on this day and night to attack Pakistan. But the nation foiled their nefarious plans.
After Fajr, special prayers were offered in mosques this morning for the progress and prosperity of the country. And the independence of occupied Jammu and Kashmir from the cruel clutches of India.
Changing of the Guards Ceremony at the Quaid’s Mausoleum
A deftly coordinated contingent of PAF Academy Asghar Khan presented the guard of honor and took over the ceremonial guard duties at the Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah mausoleum.
Defense Day is celebrated as a national day in Pakistan to commemorate the sacrifices made by Pakistani soldiers in defending its borders. The date 6 September marks the day in 1965 when Indian troops crossed the international border to launch an attack on Pakistani Punjab, in response to Pakistan’s Operation Grand Slam targeting Jammu. While it is officially remembered as an unprovoked surprise attack by India, repulsed by the Pakistani military despite its smaller size and fewer armaments, the story has been criticized by Pakistani commentators as representing false history.
The context of the 1965 war
The Indo-Pakistani War of 1965 began with Pakistan sending 7,000–8,000 specially trained Mujahideen. Raiders into the Kashmir Valley to incite the population to revolt and deploy Indian Army installations. And In the second phase, on 1 On 9 September. It launched a tank attack called Operation Grand Slam towards the Akhnoor Bridge in the Jammu Division. It was to be “a short and quick operation as a done deal”. According to scholar Shuja Nawaz, the Pakistani general intended to capture the Akhnoor Bridge. And rush towards Jammu to cut off India’s connection with the Kashmir Valley.
On 6 September, following its “pre-declared strategy” riposte. The Indian Army crossed the international border in Punjab to cut off the Grand Trunk Road near Lahore. The attack came as a surprise to Pakistani commanders. And according to Air Marshal Nur Khan. 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. On September 23, Pakistan accepted a UN-ordered ceasefire.
Despite the historical fact that the war began with “Pakistani aggression”. Pakistan instituted Pakistan Defense Day to commemorate the day Indian forces crossed into Pakistan. The story states that ” Indian forces crept to the Wagah border and the Pakistan armed forces, when alerted. Mounted a gallant defense of the homeland and drove them back. Earning its name as Pakistan’s Defense Day.” Air Marshal Nur Khan commented. “It was a bad war and they misled the nation with a big lie that India had provoked the war and not Pakistan. And that we (Pakistanis) were the victims of Indian aggression.
Award-winning journalist Taha Siddiqui asked Pakistanis to “stop celebrating hate”. Also he pointed to a book by General Mehmood Ahmed that dispelled the myths surrounding the 1965 war by arguing. The general wrote that only a select few generals knew about the secret military operation to invade Kashmir.