Press Release – Pakistan Defence Day Celebrations at the ISSI

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Press Release
Pakistan Defence Day Celebrations at the ISSI
September 6, 2020

The Arms Control & Disarmament Centre (ACDC) at the Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad (ISSI) organised an in-house event today to celebrate Pakistan Defence Day. The occasion commenced with recitation from the Holy Quran and playing of the national anthem. The event was moderated by Malik Qasim Mustafa, Director, ACDC-ISSI.

During his remarks, Ambassador Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry, Director General ISSI, stated that hybrid warfare is being waged against Pakistan by India. The core component of this war is to tarnish the image of Pakistan at the national, regional and international level. It is important not only to counter this negative narrative construction but also to draw attention to the positive aspects of Pakistan as a united and committed nation. He also highlighted the plight of the Kashmiri people under the fascist Modi regime.

In his observations on the occasion, Ambassador Khalid Mahmood, Chairman BOG ISSI, said that Defence Day commemorates the day when the Pakistani armed forces successfully defended the attack by the Indian forces. This day gives a lesson that a nation can face all challenges with unity, commitment and collective efforts.

The new track, “Har Ghari Tayyar” by the Inter-Services Public Relations Pakistan (ISPR) was also played. Researchers at the five Centres of Excellence at ISSI also spoke on the occasion.

Speaking for the Arms Control and Disarmament Centre (ACDC), Ms. Aamna Rafiq said that Pakistan is fighting against the ideological, cultural, political, social, economic and military invasions since 1947. September 6, is one of the most glorious chapters of this great struggle. Our enemies should remember that Pakistan is a nuclear power and the armed forces of Pakistan are fully capable to deal with all types of internal and external threats. As a nation, we can be rightfully proud of these achievements.

On behalf of Centre for the Middle East & Africa (CMEA), Ms. Arhama Siddiqa said that September 6, is a day to renew our pledge that we are strong and should not be intimidated by any sort of threats and difficulties that come our way. Pakistan is a story and result of immense struggle and resilience. It is our duty to honour that and refrain from negatively portraying our country on the international stage.

On behalf of China-Pakistan Study Centre (CPSC), Ms. Uroosa Khan said that our military is a symbol of strength and resilience. It embodies the fighting spirit, bravery and tactical acumen of the great nation of Pakistan. In line with the spirit and national unity demonstrated during the 1965 war being above all petty personal, political and other considerations, we should all pray for the safety, security and solidarity of Pakistan. We must thank Almighty Allah for the freedom we enjoy and should never forget to pray for the freedom of the Kashmiri people.

Speaking for the Centre for Strategic Perspective (CSP), Mr. Mian Ahmad Naeem Salik said that during the 1965 war, while the armed forces were engaged in defending geographical frontiers on ground, air and sea, the entire nation formed a strong rock-like second defence line by extending and providing all kinds of support to their forces. The best tribute to the martyrs of the 1965 war is that all the Pakistanis should work hard with full dedication and professional commitment in their selected professions to make Pakistan stronger and economically prosperous.

On behalf of India Study Center (ISC), Mr. Muhammad Abbass Hassan expressed his views on the occasion. He expressed his concerns over the ongoing propaganda against Pakistan. He also pointed out that enemies are trying to inculcate the young generation of Pakistan with the alternate history.

Mr. Khurshid Anwar, Director Administration ISSI, presented a fascinating account of resilience and courage showed by the Pakistan Army and 19th Squadron of Pakistan Air Force (PAF) during the battles of Chawinda, Jona Garah, Pathan Kot and Chamb Sector during the 1965 war. He highlighted the amazing display of faith, unity, discipline and sacrifice by the entire nation on a single call of the then President of Pakistan, Field Marshal Muhammad Ayub Khan.

Dr. Talat Shabbir, Director China-Pakistan Study Centre (CPSC) also gave a heart-wrenching speech. He recollected the strength, bravado and valour of the armed forces of Pakistan which he witnessed during his service especially in Siachen and Azad Jammu and Kashmir during the 1990s. He said that the entire Pakistani nation is ready to sacrifice their lives for the protection of their homeland.

The event concluded with a prayer that Allah gives us the strength, courage and determination, to safeguard our freedom and protect our motherland. Pakistan Zindabad.