APP88-06 PESHAWAR: September 06 - Chief Minister KP Mahmud Khan, AVM Sarfaraz Khan, Base Commander, Air Commodore Muhammad Qaiser Janjua standing in the respect of the National Anthem on the occasion of the Defence Day of Pakistan. APP

PESHAWAR, Sep 06 (APP):Chief Minister (CM) Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) Mehmood Khan Thursday underlining the importance of Defence Day and said that the day reaffirms our commitment to stand united against any aggression against the motherland and give befitting response to enemy of the state.
Addressing a function at Pakistan Air Base here arranged as a part of the Defence Day celebrations, he said September 6, 1965 was the day when the Pakistani armed forces defeated our enemy.
“Our Shuhada and Ghazis left behind unforgettable memories of bravery,” he said and added that this
victory speaks volumes about our able leadership, the highest level of commitment, the unshakable faith and long list of sacrifices of our armed forces supported by the whole nation.
Air Vice Marshal Sarfraz Khan, Air Officer Commending Northern Air Command, Air Commodore Nasir
Janjua, former and present airforce officers and others participated.
Chief Minister paid rich tributes to the sacrifices of Pak armed forces for the sovereignty and survival of Pakistan. It is one of the greatest moments to participate in the defence day celebrations.
The entire nation enthusiastically supported the armed forces in the 1965 war that made us proud,
sovereign and independent.
The bravery and sacrifices of Pak armed forces left behind some lessons how to understand the
threats to the national integrity and how to respond to these threats with the zeal and spirit like a living nation.
Our victory against our enemy proved that our armed forces are the true custodians of our geographical and ideological frontiers, he noted.
He appreciated the success and transformation of Pakistan Air Force adding that Pakistan Air Force
successfully braved all challenges whether it was the war of 1965, or its role in the security operations against terrorism.
“They left unforgettable signs of bravery and sacrifices. They are our heroes who set new examples of patriotism and sacrifices before the coming generation. Their bravery and achievements is an asset for us”, he added.
Mahmood Khan also visited various stalls inspecting different arsenal, war equipments and different fighting Jets of Pak Air Force.
He said that by seeing the preparedness and the transformation of Pakistan Air Force and different
equipments, I am sure that Pakistan Air Force has all the potentials to make out security impregnable.
Their professional abilities, the culture of the land displayed in the exhibition speaks volumes about the professional abilities and preparedness of Pak Air Force.
He hoped that Pakistan Air Force would come up to the expectations of the nation. Air Vice
Marshal Sarfraz Khan presented a souvenir to the Chief Minister on the occasion.