ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: President Mamnoon Hussain has said that the need to imbibe the spirit of September 6 has become even greater as the Country is confronted with the challenges of extremism and terrorism.
“Let us revive the spirit of unity of September 6, in meeting the new challenges,” the president said in his message to the nation on Defence Day being celebrated on Wednesday with a renewed pledge to defend the motherland against all threats.
“Let us pledge, in accordance with the vision of our beloved Quaid-e-Azam, that we will make Pakistan one of the greatest nations of the world,” the president said.
The president said September 6 was a memorable day in national calendar when the people of Pakistan demonstrated unprecedented national unity and stood by the valiant armed forces to thwart a serious aggression by the enemy.
President Mamnoon said the commemoration of this historic day revived spirits and strengthened the resolve to defend the Country against all sorts of threats.
“We pay homage to all those sons and daughters of the soil who laid down their lives and endured the vagaries of war in defending the motherland,” he said.
Mamnoon Hussain said no nation in the world as the people of Pakistan had paid a heavy price in terms of life and property in fight against terrorism.
The president saluted the heroes who rendered sacrifices to protect the homeland and the armed forces for making the Country’s defence impregnable.
It was because of their supreme sacrifices and unshakable determination that we lived in safety and dignity, he added.
The president said the militants and extremists through their subversive activities had challenged the state in a bid to impose their obscurantist agenda on the people of Pakistan.
President Mamnoon said the government of Pakistan in unanimity with all the stakeholders and with complete backing from the entire political spectrum and the people had launched National Action Plan (NAP) under which the armed forces, personnel of police and law enforcement agencies (LEAs) were successfully rooting out the menace of terrorism and extremism from the Country.
Mamnoon Hussain said Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad, an extension of operation Zarb-e-Azb, was progressing successfully in different parts of the Country and would continue till the last terrorist was eliminated.