Paying tributes to martyrs and Ghazis with reference to September 6, Prime Minister Imran Khan has warned India not to mistake Pakistan’s desire for peace as its weakness.
In a statement to mark the 56th Defence of Pakistan Day on Monday, the prime minister said that Pakistan’s desire for peace “must be reciprocated for the sake of economic wellbeing and peoples’ prosperity in the entire region.”
The prime minister vowed to keep on exposing the true face of a radicalised India to the world, adding that due to his government’s aggressive diplomacy, the world was convinced that persecution of the Kashmiris must soon come to an end.
“The saner international elements do recognise our role for peace,” he added.
Pakistan marks September 6 to commemorate and pay tributes to martyrs and Ghazis of the armed forces and heroes from all walks of life who sacrificed their lives safeguarding the motherland against Indian aggression during the 1965 war.
The prime minister paid rich tribute to the armed forces, adding that when India attacked Pakistan in 1965, the entire nation came out to support the army.
In his message, the premier said some even came out with their bare hands to support Pakistan Army.
“Such a display of national unity galvanized the already spirited armed forces in their fearless fight against the enemy, which has no parallel in history,” he added.
The prime minister said that the gallant soldiers and officers, pilots and sailors proved to the world that they were ever ready to defend every inch of the homeland at all costs.
They fought bravely and did not care for their own lives and defended the frontiers by offering supreme sacrifice, he continued.
“This magnificent day, September 6, comes each year to let us pay rich tributes in particular to our heroes, the Ghazis and Shuhada, and the gallant armed forces overall, who have always been nation’s hope and pride.
“We salute the valiant sons of soil for laying down their precious lives in defence of their country. We pay homage to the families of Shuhada for sacrificing their loved ones in the defence of motherland,” added the prime minister.
The premier said Pakistan still faced danger from its enemy who has not yet accepted its existence. “The two decades long war against terror, creating disturbances and carrying out sabotage activities inside Pakistan or new waves of propaganda through cyber warfare and spy software” were evidence of that.
He pointed out that India constantly perpetrated terrorism against Pakistan in the past, using Afghan soil to create unrest in Pakistan.
“On this day we not only condemn those involved in such heinous acts but also pay special tributes to our valiant armed forces who have rendered invaluable sacrifices for our motherland,” he said, adding that the world must hold India accountable for its rogue behaviour.
“We commend the proactive and timely response of our security forces; India today stands exposed before the world community for its bid to hamper peace in the region, especially with reference to Pakistan.”
“My message on this day to the valiant armed forces is that together, we have come a long way in the struggle for making Pakistan’s defence strong and impregnable”, he concluded.