Celebrating 6th September as Pakistan’s Defence Day

Happy Defense Day of Pakistan!

Pakistan’s Defense Day, identified annually on September 6th, honors the nation’s defense of itself against India during the war of 1965. It is a day to celebrate the military’s sacrifices and to demonstrate the country’s solidarity and resolve in protecting its territorial integrity and sovereignty.

Here’s a brief overview of its historical context:

 

Background:

The roots of the conflict can be traced back to the unresolved issue of Kashmir, a region that has been a bone of contention between India and Pakistan since their independence from British rule in 1947. The 1965 war was one of the major wars fought between the two countries over this disputed territory.

1965 War: The war started in April 1965 when a series of skirmishes broke out in the Rann of Kutch, a marshy region in the state of Gujarat, India. However, it intensified in August and September 1965. On September 6, India launched a massive assault against Pakistan, crossing the international border. Pakistan’s defense forces responded fiercely.

The war continued for 17 days and saw large-scale aerial, naval, and land engagements. Both countries made territorial gains and suffered significant losses. Notably, the Battle of Chawinda, one of the largest tank battles since World War II, took place during this conflict.

Significance of Defense Day in Pakistan:

Defense Day is a significant day in Pakistan’s history. It is celebrated with patriotic zeal and fervor across the country:

  1. Special prayers are offered for the well-being of the country.
  2. Military parades, exhibitions showcasing military equipment, and airshows take place.
  3. Ceremonies are held at the mausoleums of the fallen soldiers.
  4. Television and radio stations broadcast special programs, documentaries, and patriotic songs.
  5. National leaders and military officials deliver speeches, highlighting the significance of the day and the valor of the armed forces.

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