Pakistan to observe Defense Day as Kashmir Solidarity Day today

100831-N-8590G-005 MAYPORT, Fla. (Aug. 31, 2010) Pakistan sailors parade their country's colors during the decommissioning ceremony of the guided-missile frigate USS McInerney (FFG 8) at Naval Station Mayport. During the ceremony, McInerney was commissioned into the Pakistan navy as PNS Alamgir (F 260). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Gary Granger Jr./Released).
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ISLAMABAD: The country observes the Defense and Martyrs Day on Friday as the Kashmir Solidarity Day to endorse support of Pakistani nation for the oppressed people of India-held Kashmir.

The residents of the occupied valley have been living under strict curfew since Aug 5 and other crippling restraints. This was even a day before the Indian government abrogated Articles 370 and 35A, revoking the special status of India’s only Muslim-majority state.

Friday will mark the 54th anniversary of the 1965 Pakistan—India war when the country’s brave forces defended the country from Indian attack on Pakistani soil.

By stripping held Kashmir of its special status, New Delhi blocked its right to frame its own laws and allowed non-residents to buy property in the valley. More than 4,000 people have been detained since Aug 5.

This year, the day would be observed to pay honor to the country’s martyrs and to reaffirm the commitment to defending the motherland against all extortions.

The day will initiate with 31-gun salute at the federal capital and 21-gun salute at provincial capitals. Special prayers will be offered after Fajr prayer in mosques for independence of held Kashmir from clutches of India.

As per to the interior ministry, the offices all over the country will be closed by 3pm to mark the day and show solidarity with the Kashmiri people and martyrs.

People are stimulated to visit the families of the martyrs to assure them of full support.

Special events will be held to mark the day. Wreath laying ceremonies will be held at the mausoleums of recipients of Nishan-i-Haider (the highest gallantry award).

In the meantime, Director General of Inter-Services Public Relations Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor said on Thursday that great nations always remembered their martyrs as national zeal was must for a country’s defense.

He said that more than 81,000 security personnel had rendered supreme sacrifices for the country’s defense.

The national media, both print and electronic, have chalked out inclusive coverage plans of the events to be held in connection with the day.

The main ceremony for the Defense Day would be held at the General Headquarters in Rawal­pindi on Friday (today).