Islamabad: President Asif Ali Zardari has said ”we salute the people for demonstrating exemplary unity and the armed forces for their valor and courage. We also pay homage to the martyrs who laid down their lives or suffered otherwise in 1965 defending the country.
They laid down their lives so that we live in safety and with honour”,he stated this message on the occasion of defence day being celebrated today (Friday).
In his message,the President said ”An abiding lesson of September 6 is that no aggression can succeed as long as the people are united in fighting for the cause and as long as our brave soldiers are standing ready to guard our frontiers and shed blood for it.
September 6 is no ordinary day for Pakistanis. Back in 1965 on this day the people of Pakistan closed their ranks in standing behind the armed forces of the country to face a serious threat to the country.
This unprecedented national unity and courage of the armed forces has indeed made the day a memorable occasion in our national calendar.
The need to imbibe the spirit of September 6 this year is even greater as the country is confronted with a new and far more serious challenge to its existence from the militants, extremists and fanatics.
Let us therefore on this occasion renew our pledge to defend our country from all kinds of threats be they external or internal and also the ethos of this nation.
No other nation has paid such a heavy price as the people of Pakistan in fighting the militants and to safeguard their right to live in accordance with the democratic values for which Pakistan was created.
“On this occasion let us renew our resolve to fight the militants to the finish. Let us also pay homage to our sons and daughters who laid down their lives in the defense of the motherland. Their sacrifices will never go in vain”,he added in his message.