MIRPUR (AJK): AJK President Sardar Masood Khan has said Pakistan is emerging as powerful country in the region because of its impregnable defence, valiant and professional armed forces and determined nation. He expressed these views while addressing as chief guest at Defence and Martyrs Day function held at Neelum Stadium here Thursday to commemorate the supreme sacrifices rendered by our valiant soldiers and officers in the war of 1965.
The impressive ceremony was also addressed by General Officer Commanding Murree, Major General Ahar Abbas and attended by AJK Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider Khan, former Prime Minister Sardar Attique Ahmed Khan, members of AJK cabinet, Chief Secretary, Inspector General Police of Azad Kashmir and other high ranking Civil and Military officials.
Earlier, President Masood and Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider Khan laid floral wreath at Yadgar-e-Shuhada where a contingent of the army presented salute to pay respect to the martyrs.
“We solute our martyrs who laid down their lives in defending frontiers of the country and also express our solidarity with the families of martyrs who lost their near and dear,” the President said.
Terming Pak Army as strongest force of the world, the President said that strategic and conventional strength with thorough professionalism made armed forces of the country as soul guarantors of country’s security.
Describing September 6th as an important milestone and symbol in the history of the country, the President said that the Day reminds us of the bravery, unity and commitment that define the nation in the face of cowardice attack by India in 1965.
“September 6 is the Day when entire nation and its armed forces stood together to fight back the enemy and defeat its nefarious designs,” he said. He added that the people of Azad Kashmir feel proud they are not only offered sacrifices for the defence of motherland along with other fellow countrymen but also got their territory liberated by fighting war of liberation in 1947.
He said that our people are not only part of the armed forces but also offering sacrifices at the Line of Control by defending every inch of AJK along with the armed forces. He thanked Pak Army for defending the territory of Azad Kashmir by safeguarding the LoC.
Referring to the situation in Occupied Kashmir, President Masood Khan said that Indian occupation forces have thrust a brutal war on the people of Indian Occupied Kashmir where innocent people including women and children are being massacred. The India, he went on say is hatching conspiracies to alter the democracy of Azad Jammu and Kashmir to reduce the Muslim majority to a minority to suppress the voice of Kashmiri people for their legitimate right to self-determination.
He assured the people of Occupied Jammu and Kashmir that people of Pakistan and Azad Kashmir would continue their moral, political and diplomatic support to their just cause and they would not leave alone in their legitimate struggle.