Saluting the Ghazis and Shuhada of the 1965 war against India, they said the nation is united with the armed forces against any threat to the country’s solidarity.
President Mamnoon Hussain said in his message that Pakistan’s armed forces are successfully braving the challenges and frustrating the enemy’s designs on both the internal and external fronts, being equipped with professional preparedness of modern day warfare, traditional courage and commitment.
“In the successful Zarb-e-Azb operation, the Pakistan Army has proved that any kind of threat posed to the country’s security and existence will be frustrated,” he said.
He saluted the jawans and officers who laid down their lives in the line of duty, were injured, with many permanently crippled, and the personnel of the police, law enforcement and intelligence agencies who sacrificed their todays for our future.
He also saluted the children of the Army Public School Peshawar and all the citizens who became victims of terror but never budged. “The spirit to sacrifice and will to survive has led to making us a nuclear nation,” he remarked.
President Mamnoon said it was a moment of pride and pleasure that today on 6th September 2015, the country is observing the Golden Jubilee of a morale boosting event in history when the armed forces of Pakistan and the entire Pakistani nation not only defended well the frontiers of the country, but also thwarted the enemy’s designs with an unprecedented display of unity and courage.
“The moment of moral and military victory is today our national asset, which shall ever remain in the annals of history as a shining example for all generations to come,” the president remarked.
He said the 1965 war was among one such testing times imposed by the enemy in which the fearless sons of the soil proved to the adversary, and the world at large, that Pakistan cannot be cowed down on any matter regardless of the size of the enemy.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in his message said there would be no compromise on the defence of Pakistan.
The prime minister said the day reminds us of the unflinching resolve, determination, courage and bravery of the Pakistani nation.
“Today we are celebrating the Golden Jubilee of those memorable moments when our brave armed forces not only successfully defended their frontiers but also thwarted the nefarious designs of the enemy,” Nawaz said.
“The nation today pays its respect to its martyrs and ghazis, who charted out new chapters in the annals of history with shining examples of valour and courage, and did not hesitate from rendering the supreme sacrifice of laying down their lives,” he said.
The prime minister said the same spirit of service to the nation and dedication to duty remains a hallmark of the armed forces.
“Our courageous officers and jawans, while following in the footsteps of their glorious past, are defending the internal and external frontiers successfully,” the premier said.
The prime minister said the armed forces of Pakistan, apart from keeping a vigil on the air, sea and land frontiers, have also played an unprecedented role in addressing internal issues, like terrorism.
He said the success of the operation Zarb-e-Azb was proof that the armed forces of the country were fully capable of meeting any challenge to national security.
He said the show of national unanimity has made it obvious to all enemies of Pakistan that the nation stands united to thwart any threat to national security and sovereignty.
The prime minister also spoke highly of the courage and valour of all those who laid down their lives and of their loved ones in the war against terrorism, and were forced to leave their homes and bear material and economic losses.
“I assure them that their sacrifices would not go in vain. The government and the armed forces of Pakistan are taking all necessary steps for the rehabilitation and return of the internally displaced persons,” he said.
Nawaz said there was no doubt that Pakistan is a responsible and peaceful nuclear state.
“We are desirous of having good and peaceful relations with all our neighbours on the basis of sovereign equality,” the prime minister said, and added that at the same time “we remain aware of the conspiracies and tactics of the enemies.”
“I wish to make it clear that we will safeguard the sovereignty and security of Pakistan at all costs,” he added.
The prime minister paid rich tributes to the armed forces, national heroes and martyrs on the Golden Jubilee of Pakistan’s Defence Day. He expressed the resolve that there would be no compromise on the defence of Pakistan.
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