Defense Day : A Day of Pride and Honor for Pakistan

Maira Tariq

“There is no power on earth that can undo Pakistan”.

Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah


Pakistan commemorates Defense Day on September 6th in memory of the sacrifices made by Pakistani security forces during the 1965 conflict. This Indo-Pak war was a defining moment in South Asian history. The conflict stemmed from a border dispute between China and India in 1962, which escalated into a small-scale war. As a result, India launched a propaganda campaign, convincing Western powers that India’s security is in great danger. As a result, India was able to seize a large number of arms from the west.This activity increased the military might of the United States in comparison to Pakistan.

On September 6, 1965, the so-called mighty India launched an attack, which Pakistani forces successfully repelled. The day is observed in memory of those defenders and as a tribute to all armed forces and war martyrs who sacrificed their lives for the motherland Pakistan. The Enemy attacked with the intention of invading the attacked areas. It was an exhaustive preemptive strike over Pakistani territory that was successfully neutralized due to the quick response of armed forces.

The Indian Army crossed the international boundary line in Punjab with the primary goal of occupying and invading Lahore, Sialkot, and the desert area of Sindh in order to prevent Pakistani forces from entering Indian Occupied Kashmir. India’s main target, however, was the Lahore region. The Pakistani Army resisted Indian advances in these areas valiantly.Our military was successful not only in defending the areas attacked, but also in protecting the lives and homes of thousands of civilians. As a result, we owe it to all of our country’s military personnel who gave their lives so that we, our relatives, and our fellow citizens could live in peace. This reverence and honour should be extended to all military personnel who aided our martyrs, risked their lives, and survived to tell the tale.

The Indian Army’s full-fledged war ended on September 20, 1965, after the UN Security Council issued an appeal and both sides agreed to a cease-fire. On the 23rd, a cease-fire was declared, and the war was proclaimed over.Our military successfully defended not only these areas, but also the lives and homes of millions of innocent civilians. As a result, we attribute it to all of our country’s military members who gave their lives so that we can still live-in peace. This devotion and dignity should be extended to all soldiers who are still stationed at our borders to safeguard our territories.The spirit, unity, pride, bravery, and determination displayed by the people of Pakistan during the 17-day war added a new chapter to the history of nations. Pakistan had already emerged as the world’s most admirable and dignified nation.

Pakistani troops repelled enemy troops on all fronts. Martyrs’ bravery, such as that of Aziz Bhatti, created great history, and he was awarded the Nishan-e-Haider in recognition of his services.This day commemorates the fact that we are a proud and strong nation that will not be suppressed by any other foreign nation or power. Defense Day is a day that strengthens our pledge that we are a proud nation that will not be intimidated by any other power, no matter how strong or powerful it is. Our armed forces are perfectly adequate to respond to any retaliation or strike. In this regard, Pakistan signifies the occasion with parades and ceremonies. The purpose of these commemorations is to remember the bravery and determination of Pakistan’s forces and its brave people.

Pakistan is located at a critical juncture in the region which makes it tremendously important in the global politics. India being the eastern neighbor is Pakistan’s frontline enemy which has made every effort to sabotage the peace and stability of Pakistan. However, the history of Pakistan demonstrates that no matter how severe the economic crisis or how powerful the enemy, the Pakistani nation and forces remain firm and strong to secure the pride, sovereignty, integrity, and security of our beloved state.

MM Alam, the legendary war hero of 1965, was the first ever fighter pilot from the Pakistan Air Force (PAF), and his record of shooting down five Indian warplanes in less than a minute still remains unbroken. During the 1965 Pakistan-India war, he shot down nine warplanes while piloting an F-86 Sabre. Alam is regarded as a Pakistani national hero for his extraordinary display of brilliance and bravery during the 1965 war. By downing the Indian fighter jets, he has left a profound impact on the history of heroism.

We should be proud of our military forces because they not only protect us from foreign threats, but they also protect us in times of peace. Irrespective of the fact, that we are in the midst of an economic crisis or a natural disaster such as a flood or earthquake, and our armed forces does everything it can to provide relief to its people. Furthermore, there are numerous military-controlled agencies and institutions that provide essential public services to civilians. It is never too late to honour our nation’s heroes on this historic day. Many schools and colleges have held ceremonies to honour our national heroes as well as those who have served in uniform and continue to serve our country. We must raise awareness of the significance of this day through social, print and electronic media.

Great Nations never forget their heroes. It is the national duty of every sane individual to guide and motivate our youth about the heroic fight of Pakistan’s Security Forces. Pakistan has always aimed for peace and stability in the region yet if any internal or external enemy intended to lay an eye on the motherland, he shall be responded with diligence and complete might.

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