Message from Mr. Imran Khan Prime Minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan
(on the occasion of Defence Day, 6th September 2018)
Defence Day of Pakistan is the best reflection of our national unity and solidarity. This year’s Defence Day is unique, as our Armed Forces, keeping alive their glorious tradition, have accomplished outstanding successes in the war against terror, which has bolstered the stability of the Motherland. The theme “We love Pakistan” represents the spirit and ambitions of the entire nation. The spirit of the Defence Day is not limited to 6th September alone, but its real spirit remains alive throughout the year. The entire world has witnessed the fervour and steadfastness of the Pakistani people and its Armed Forces, especially the unparalleled sacrifices made by the Pakistani children, youth, women and the elderly in the arduous and unconventional war during the last 17 years. We pay homage to our martyrs and survivors who defended the Motherland in the most commendable manner. I salute the courage and professionalism of the Armed Forces of Pakistan in eliminating terrorism and extremism. Undoubtedly, their endeavours for national development, strengthening of democracy and global peace are admirable. Pakistan believes in peaceful coexistence. We want to promote mutual cooperation with the entire world, including our neighbours, on the basis of equality. On this occasion, I want to urge the world powers to play their role in the cessation of Indian brutalities and aggression in Indian Occupied Kashmir. Resolution of the Kashmir issue, in accordance with the United Nations Resolutions, is absolutely imperative for ensuring regional peace. Commemoration of the Defence Day of Pakistan is in fact a reiteration of the message to the enemy forces that the Pakistani nation along with its Armed Forces will continue to show the same perseverance and courage as that displayed during the War of 1965 and the fight against terrorism. Furthermore, we will collectively face our challenges by abiding by the Quaid’s principle of “Faith, Unity and Discipline.” Come, let us play our role with diligence and devotion for the progress of our country. At the end, I once again pay tribute to the martyrs and survivors and their families and relatives. I assure you that we will leave no stone unturned in striving for and ensuring their welfare. We will continue our struggle in the war against terror till the logical end of this menace.
Long Live Armed Forces of Pakistan!
Long Live Pakistan!