President, PM reiterate support to Kashmiris on eve of Defence Day
ISLAMABAD: President of Pakistan Dr Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan while paying homage to martyrs on the eve of Defence Day on Monday reiterated their support to Kashmir cause and vowed to thwart nefarious Indian designs against the country.
President Dr Arif Alvi said Pakistan, being fully cognizant of developments in its neighbourhood, was committed to securing peace and prepared to thwart any plot hatched to hamper peace.
“This brave nation will never compromise on our sovereignty, security and territorial integrity”, Dr Alvi said in his message on the occasion of Defence and Martyrs Day (September 6).
He emphatically stated that Pakistan would never back away from its principled stand on the issue of Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK). “We stand by the people of Kashmir in their just struggle for the right to self-determination guaranteed under the UN Security Council resolutions”, he maintained.
The President expressed his confidence that the spirit of 6th September had made them stand firm and steadfast against all odds.
“Today we are actively fighting a hybrid war being waged against us. I commend the security agencies for their relentless efforts towards exposing the enemy carrying out covert activities”, he said.
The President called upon the world community to come forward and condemn such naked hostilities aimed at sabotaging peace and stability in the region.
The President said the country’s Defence and Martyrs Day on 6th September stood out in history as a symbol of courage, patriotism and commitment shown by the Armed Forces and by the valiant nation.
“On this day 56 years ago, the soldiers and officers of Armed Forces displayed unprecedented bravery and professionalism, and thwarted the evil designs of the enemy”, he said and recalled that together with the whole nation at their back, Pakistan Army, Navy and Air Force defeated the enemy on all fronts.
“I pay homage to the soldiers and officers who displayed the highest degree of valour and sacrificed their lives for the country’s defence. I also salute the families of the shahada for their fortitude and forbearance”, he said.
The President said the nation trusted the capability, combat readiness and resilience of our Armed Forces that have successfully overcome the security challenges faced by us.
Prime Minister Imran Khan said that India will have to give Kashmiris their due right to self-determination, under the UN Security Council resolutions; the sooner the better.
“On our part, we will continue to expose the real face of radicalized India”, Imran Khan said in his message on the occasion of Defence and Martyrs Day (September 6).
The Prime Minister said that due to the present government’s proactive diplomacy, the international community was now convinced that the persecution of minorities across India and the atrocities unleashed on innocent Kashmiris in Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir must end forthwith.
“The saner international elements do recognize our role for peace”, he said.
The Prime Minister, however, reiterated that “our desire for peace must not be misconstrued as weakness rather it must be reciprocated for sake of economic wellbeing and peoples’ prosperity in the entire region.”
Khan said that living nations came out stronger and harder in the face of challenges. The Pakistani nation stood out too, strong and resolute when the enemy in the 1965 War challenged our existence, he said.
The Prime Minister recalled that when India on September 6 initiated an undeclared war against Pakistan, the whole nation came out to the support of its defenders; many even started marching towards the border with bare hands.
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 remarked.
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 mentioned.
“This magnificent day, the 6th of September 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”, Imran Khan maintained.
The Prime Minister, however, added that “As we remember this day, the enemy hasn’t accepted peaceful coexistence since the creation of Pakistan – be it 1948, 1965, 1971 wars, the two-decades-long war against terror, creating disturbances and doing sabotage activities inside Pakistan or new waves of unleashed propaganda through cyber warfare and spy software.”
He pointed out that unfortunately, in the past India constantly perpetrated terrorism against Pakistan, 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, 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 said. TF Report