The nation is celebrating Defence and Martyrs Day today to pay tribute to the martyrs and Ghazis who became a rock solid wall to defend the motherland against aggression of enemy.
It was on this day in 1965 that Indian forces crossed international border in the darkness of night to attack Pakistan, but the nation foiled the nefarious designs of the enemy.
The day dawned with thirty-one gun salute in the Federal Capital and twenty-one gun salute in provincial capitals.
Special prayers were offered after Fajr prayers in mosques for progress and prosperity of the country.
Fateha and Quran Khawani is also being held for the martyrs.
Main ceremony of the day will be held at General Headquarters in Rawalpindi from 8 pm to 10 pm today to pay tributes to the martyrs and express gratitude with their families.
Prime Minister Imran Khan will be Chief Guest on the occasion.
The ceremony will be attended by Army Chief, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, services chiefs, Ministers, Senators, MNAs, ambassadors, diplomats, military and civilian officials and people from various walks of life.
Radio Pakistan will broadcast live the ceremony besides airing of special programs containing national songs, interviews of the family members of martyrs and ghazis to pay homage to the defenders of motherland.