By Huma Arshad
The nation commemorates this National day as one of the proudest moments in Pakistan’s history when our Pakistani soldiers sacrificed their lives to safeguard our freedom and protect our homeland. Every year, Pakistan celebrates this day and pays tribute to the Shuhada with great zeal and zest. In multiple ways we honor the sacrifices of our brave heroes.
In the hardest of times, living nations emerge stronger and more resilient This year in 2023 while keeping in mind global changes in all perspectives and in all areas of socio-economic and technological advancement we all in our own capacity have to contribute or play our part to safeguard our beloved country to outshine the name of Pakistan on the global map.
This struggle as we all know had started as a journey in 1947. Pakistan with only got 33% of defense assets from united India. Pakistan fought a war over Kashmir right at its inception, another one in 1965 and 1971. Pakistan has also contributed tremendously to UN peace keeping forces around the world.When the enemy threatened our survival in the 1965 war, the Pakistani people stood steadfast and resolute. To this date, every year on September 6th, Pakistan celebrates Defence Day to honour Pakistan’s successful defence against India, which marked the end of the 1965 war.
The entire nation honours the Ghazis and Shuhada who fulfilled their responsibilities to defend the motherland. In addition, the Pakistani armed forces personified the spirit of bravery and selfless sacrifice in defending the country’s territorial boundaries. Thus, we pay homage to the valiant Shuhada who gave their precious lives in order to defend their country.
The History reveals that on September 6, 1965, the Indian army crossed Pakistan’s international borders without a formal declaration of war. They targeted Lahore, Sialkot, and the desert areas of Sindh. The war lasted until September 22, 1965, when both sides agreed to a UN-supervised cease-fire. The Indians crossed the international boundary of West Pakistan at 3 a.m. on September 6, 1965, and launched a three-pronged onslaught against Lahore. On the Punjabi plains, there was a fierce tank battle. The domestic Indo-Pak dispute escalated into an international conflict, raising concerns among superpowers. This action by India was a clear violation of international law, the United Nations Charter, and principles of civilized behaviour among countries. In its arrogant aim to conquer the region, India tossed aside its international commitments. The Indian invasion of Lahore was repulsed, and the invaders suffered terrible losses. With the assistance of the Pakistan Air Force, the Pakistan Army’s ground defence troops were able to delay and then repel the Indian attack. Every kid, man, and woman contributed to the war effort, whether it was to raise funds, train as civilian guards, or work as nurses in hospitals.
So many people have lost their lives fighting for our country in this war. However, 11 of the soldiers showed extraordinary heroism and were awarded the Nishan-e-Haider. Major Aziz Bhatti won the highest Nishan-e-Haider award for his exceptional role in defending the Bedian region of Lahore in 1965. Every year on this day The Pakistan Army displays its heaviest weaponry, including tanks, missiles, and aircraft, each year as part of the celebrations on Defense Day. “In the darkest hours, their light shines bright; our defenders’ bravery is an awe-inspiring sight.” The parades and air shows occur across many cities in Pakistan in celebrating this day.
Today security is important in all perspectives along with safeguarding our boarders. Hybrid war, economic sanction, cyber threats transcend borders. Unity is needed to tackle any challenge – be it military, political or economic. Ethnic fault lines need to be bridged to achieve unity. With Pakistan there is no compromise on territorial integrity and sovereignty. National unity is needed to defend borders then and now.
We can illuminate the light of the progress of our country by emphasizing on community development as well which is an integral part of the progress and sustainability of any nation. The strength of a country or a state lies in the ability of its people to work together in harmony and develop as part of a strong community. Each person living in the same community contributes equally to nation-building and even for safe guarding the country against enemies.
Defense Day serves as a symbol of Pakistan’s enduring commitment to peace, unity, and resilience. It inspires hope for a peaceful and prosperous future and underscores the values of courage and dedication that define Pakistan’s identity.
“May the spirit of sacrifice and valor on this Defense Day inspire us all to serve our country with dedication.” LONG LIVE PAKISTAN