Islamabad- Defense Day of Pakistan was observed Saturday with zeal and fervor to pay homage to Shuhada, who laid down their lives in defense of the motherland.

The day dawned with special prayers in mosques for the progress and prosperity of the nation. Special ceremonies are being held at all units and formation of the Pakistan Armed Forces. Numerous functions are being held all across the country to mark the day. Meanwhile, a ceremony was held at Mazar-e-Iqbal in Lahore in connection with the Defence Day. The Garrison Commander, Major General Amir Abbasi laid floral wreath at the Mazar on behalf of the Pakistan Army to pay homage to the poet philosopher Allama Dr. Muhammad Iqbal who conceived the idea of a separate homeland Pakistan for the Muslims of sub-continent. He also offered fateha for the departed soul. A ceremony was also held at the Mazar of Major Shabbir Sharif Shaheed in Lahore. General Officer Commanding, Major General Fida Hussain laid a floral wreath at the grave of Major Shabbir Sharif Shaheed to pay homage to the Shaheed who sacrificed his life for safeguarding the homeland during the Indo-Pak war and presented salute.

Impressive change of guards’ ceremony was held at the mausoleums of the Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah in Karachi on the occasion of Defence Day. Smartly turned out contingents of PAF Risalpur Academy cadets took charge of guard of the tomb. Air Vice Marshal Asim Zaheer was the chief guest on the occasion. He inspected guard of honor and laid floral wreath on Mazar of the founder of the nation and Fateha was offered for his departed soul. Radio Pakistan is broadcasting special programmes to mark the occasion.