ISLAMABAD-The political role of some army generals came under severe criticism in the National Assembly on Thursday when lawmakers from both sides of the isle paid rich tributes to the armed forces for their sacrifices in 1965 war on the eve of Defense Day of Pakistan.

The House also passed a unanimous resolution, moved by Defence Minister Syed Naveed Qamar, acknowledging 6th September as the Defence Day of Pakistan. The resolution says this House salutes the valor and unparalleled sacrifice of the courageous individuals martyred in the line of duty; and pays tribute to the patriots who valiantly protected and continue to protect Pakistan and its borders against unprovoked aggression.

The House could not continue the law and order debate as Chief Whip of PPP in the National Assembly Syed Khurshid Shah informed the Speaker that a number of members wanted to speak on the eve of Defence Day of Pakistan and they should be allowed to express their feelings.

Though lawmakers in majority in their speeches paid rich tributes to the martyrs who sacrificed their lives to protect the borders of Pakistan in 1965 war however voice came from both opposition and the treasury benches that condemned some military general's role who had overthrown different elected governments and came to power undemocratically.

Sheikh Aftab Ahmed of PML-N paying rich tributes to the sacrifices rendered by armed forces in 1965 war said that forces were a glory at the nation's face for themselves though some generals had tried to disgrace the sanctity of the nation. Syed Zafar Ali Shah from treasury benches also criticised the role of armed forces in different ways. He said that it was not the duty of the armed forces to form housing societies and they should not stay more in Balochistan and powers to maintain law and order situation there should be handed over to levies and local police.

Akhunzada Chattan, a FATA parliamentarian, said that armed forces were fighting with eternal enemies as well as but some in-house members of the forces had damaged the reputation of this institution badly. Shazia Mari of PPP viewed it was unfair that some people wanted to malign armed forces and added they would also condemn those military dictators who violated their oaths and sent home elected governments.

Pervez Khan from Awami National Party said that the nation saluted its soldiers on that day that rendered sacrifices in 1965 war as it was related to security of borders. He further said that wars did not determine the solution of the issues, as these were resolved through dialogue. "It is a question before us today," he added. Mohammad Bashir Virk of Pakistan Muslim League- Nawaz (PML-N) said that Pakistan was united in 1965 war and today Pakistan was divided. " We should rise above sectarianism and stand united as we are in a state of war," he added. He said that they would have to stand behind their forces, think over their responsibilities and defend the country. Interior Minister Rehman Malik in his remarks paid homage and gratitude to all soldiers who sacrificed their lives on September 6. "We should rise above political gains and talk about the integrity of Pakistan," he stressed.

 He said that some foreign elements were unhappy with Pakistan since it became a nuclear state. "The militant leaders, Waliur Rehman and Hakimullah Mehsud, who were foes in the past are now friends because both are working against the integrity of Pakistan," he informed the House.

He made it clear there was no row between Shias and Sunnis. He said he would soon expose conspiracies being hatched against the integrity of Pakistan very soon.

Sardar Bahadar Khan Sahar from PPP said that no nation could neither fight war nor win it without armed forces. "Our army has safeguarded national security, it has rendered great sacrifices and in the wake of different challenged faced by Pakistan today, its role is effective," he added.  Parliamentary Secretary for Communications responding a call attention notice regarding irregularities in the auction of toll plazas on the National Highways said that no irregularities had been committed in the auction of these toll plazas as PEMRA rules had been duly followed and pre-qualification conditions had been waived off to avoid favouritism.

A number of lawmakers including Begum Nasim Akhtar Chaudhry, Rasheed Khan Nivani and Waseem Akhtar brought the attention of the chair towards the disconnection of power supply  at some Parliament Lodges and the poor security situation of the area before the House was adjourned to meet again till Friday at 10am.