ISLAMABAD, Sept 7 (APP): The Defence Day of Pakistan was
observed with traditional zeal at the Pakistan High Commission in London to pay tributes to the security forces for safeguarding the sovereignty of Pakistan against external
aggression on September 6, 1965.
The ceremony was attended by a large number of diplomats,
defence attachés, representatives of the UK’s Defence Ministry, Pakistani community, media representatives and think tanks, said a press release received here Wednesday.
In his address on the occasion, Acting High Commissioner Dr
Israr Hussain highlighted the significance of the day and paid rich tributes to the security forces for safeguarding the sovereignty of Pakistan against external aggression.
He said, “It was nation’s finest hour. The people and the
armed forces stood united, fought gallantly, and many laid down their lives to safeguard the sovereignty and territorial integrity of their motherland. The unprecedented national
unity demonstrated by the people and the armed forces has made it a unique and memorable day in our national calendar.”
On the issue of internal security, Dr Hussain said that
Pakistan’s National Action Plan (NAP) has been a concerted effort to deal with the issue of terrorism and extremism. The Operation Zarb e Azb is going on successfully and is near completion. However a comprehensive response at the global level is required to address the root causes of terrorism, he added.
The acting high commissioner said the recent attacks in Europe had once again underlined the need for a concerted approach towards this challenge.
It was reiterated that Pakistan would continue its political,
diplomatic and moral support for the rightful cause of the Kashmiri people for self determination according to the UN resolutions.
Defence and Naval Adviser Commodore Raja Rab Nawaz and Army and Air Adviser Colonel Nadeem Iqbal Khan read out the messages of the President and the Prime Minister of Pakistan respectively.