KARACHI: Nation observes the Defence and Martyrs Day today as the Kashmir Solidarity Day to reaffirm support of Pakistani nation for the oppressed people of Indian occupied Kashmir.
The day will begin with a 31-gun salute at the federal capital and 21-gun salute at provincial capitals. Special prayers will be offered after Friday prayers in mosques for the independence of Indian occupied Kashmir.
Special events will be held to mark the day. Wreath-laying ceremonies will be held at the mausoleums of recipients of Nishan-i-Haider.
According to a notification issued by the interior ministry, the offices throughout the country will be closed by 3pm to mark the day and show solidarity with the Kashmiri people.
Friday marks the 54th anniversary of Defence Day as on this day in 1965, the Indian forces crossed international border in the darkness of night to attack Pakistan but the nation foiled nefarious designs of the enemy.