Rawalpindi: Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, General Rashad Mahmood, hosted a reception to commemorate Defence Day of Pakistan at Joint Staff Headquarters. President of Pakistan Mr. Mamnoon Hussain was the chief guest.
While addressing the audience, President said that “It is the Day, we pay homage to our heroes and gallant sons from Armed Forces who remained steadfast and showed us the path of honour and glory by rendering ultimate sacrifices. Our brave officers and soldiers alongside proud people of Pakistan have set unprecedented examples of heroism and resilience in their fight against militancy. The sacrifices of Armed Forces in operation Zarb-e-Azb can never be forgotten. The nation, aware of the significance of this operation, acknowledges the role being played by our Armed Forces. I reiterate our national will and determination to eliminate terrorism in any form and manifestation with full might of the state institutions.”
The President further said that “Today, the Defence Capacity of the country by the grace of Allah Almighty is stronger and diverse, reinforced by the resilience and patriotism of the nation. We believe that stronger defence of a country deters any aggression. Nonetheless, we yearn for peaceful resolution of all outstanding issues including the core issue of Jammu and Kashmir with our neighbour; which will enable both countries to focus their energies on alleviating the sufferings of their impoverished peoples.”
At the end, President paid rich tribute to the officers, soldiers, sailors and airmen of Armed Forces for rendering supreme sacrifices during different hours of national ordeal and concluded by saying that “With the strong resolve of the people of Pakistan and unwavering support of our Armed Forces we would be able to surpass all the challenges being faced by the country.”
Distinguished guests among others who attended the reception included Chairman Senate, Federal Ministers, Services Chiefs, Ambassadors of various countries in Islamabad and other senior serving civil and military officers.