ISLAMABAD: Defence Day of Pakistan was celebrated at all PAF Bases across the country in a befitting manner on Sunday.
The year has been marked as the Golden Jubilee of 1965 War, when PAF vanquished a three times larger Indian Air Force and wrote an epic of unmatched valour and sacrifice.
The auspicious day was observed with a renewed pledge and determination to make “Fizaia” even more stronger and potent force to face any challenge.
The day started with special Du’a and Quran Khawani for the Shahuda at all PAF Bases.
A special feature of the day was the change of guards ceremony at the Mazar of Quaid-e-Azam in Karachi.
Aviation Cadets from Pakistan Air Force Academy, Risalpur assumed the guard duties at Mazar to honour the Father of the Nation.
On the occasion of Defence Day Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman, Chief of the Air Staff, Pakistan Air Force said in his message, “We are a resilient nation, which has always proved its worth in difficult times, whether those were natural calamities or an imposed armed conflict, as in 1965.”
Though, we are a peace loving nation, but we know how to thwart the heinous attempts that disrupt our peaceful way of life and certainly; our strength is in this resolve, he added.
The Air Chief said, “Today, let us re-pledge to make Pakistan a truly dynamic and prosperous country by firmly following the great Quaid’s golden principles of Unity, Faith and Discipline as our national ideals.”
He assured that Pakistan Air Force, with state-of-the-art equipment on its inventory and a highly capable workforce, is fully prepared to defend the aerial frontiers of its motherland.
Aerial and static display of PAF aircraft and ammunition was held at PAF Base, Nur Khan (Rawalpindi), PAF Base, Masroor (Karachi), PAF Base, Peshawar, PAF Base, Samungli (Quetta) and PAF Base Lahore.
Students form Fazaia schools and colleges presented national songs. A large number of visitors including children witnessed the aerial and static display at the PAF Bases.