Preemminence of Defense Day
Sep08

Preemminence of Defense Day

The supremacy of nations, their ever-lasting impact on the outer world, historical accomplishments and their strong faith in patriotism are just the reflections of the valor and sacrifices that nations put forward in every field and their armies in particular. It’s a well-established fact and a historical perspective that only those nations stand apart which have faced the wrath of time and shown bravery in the field of battle when required, for nations get such inspirations from these events that yield the best out of them for years to come. Glancing at the history of our country; Pakistan, we find it filled with tales and occurrences of countless sacrifices and boundless heroism; from the day of independence to recent operations in North Waziristan, our people have displayed great patriotism but like a silver lining in sky there lies a junction in our history which will be reminisced for centuries to come. In September 1965, due to unavoidable circumstances Pakistan and India waged war at each other. Ground, air and naval forces of the two countries collided with full force resulting in heavy losses on both sides. The operational area of war, spread from the northern front of Kashmir to southern plains near Multan. May it be the ‘Great Tank Battle’ at ‘Chawinda‘or the courageous work of ‘M.M.Alam’, all are the tales of great heroism during that period. Gen. Ayub Khan, who was the president of Pakistan assured the whole nation to have strong faith in their abilities. War was vigorous, it continued for days but as The Australian Times rightfully acclaimed on the front cover of its daily edition as “PAKISTANI WIN”, the whole nation was relieved and the sensational win was celebrated by everyone as a gift of God. To mark this great achievement, the government of Pakistan announced to celebrate ‘DEFENSE DAY’ on 6th sept every year. ‘Defense Day’ not only signifies the great tribute of the nation to our heroes, but it also acts as a symbol of determination, as a shield of our unity and direction of our path to success, which was laid by the martyrs. Defense day is the reminder of that very dream of martyrs, who gave it all for this country; respectful and glorious place in comity of nations. Defense Day celebrated every year is the revival of national integrity that comes at risk due to manipulative mindset of some that intend to weaken the national setup. These forces, always tend to destabilize the mighty pillars of nationalism. To tackle such atrocitic approaches, defense day serves as a useful technique to arise sense of proudness, patriotism and nationalism. For the last...

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7th September, Air Force Day Pakistan
Sep07

7th September, Air Force Day Pakistan

‘Upon equal ground; that we were brothers all In honor, as in one community, Scholars and gentlemen.’ William Wordsworth Whilst the astoundment of the world, and to the shock of many: a nascent state took its destined geographical form on 14th August 1947.Marking the emergence of an ideology, victory of a vision and triumph of an aspiring Muslim creed. The staunch faith in the two nation theory, relentless motivation of the masses and tactical genius of the leadership brought forth this holy “Land of the Pure”-Pakistan. However, the challenges faced by this newly established state began to surface soon after its creation. The presence of an inherited dysfunctional system: thwarted all nationalistic policies right at the outset. The administrative incapability and economic insufficiency created a governing turmoil which when coupled with an impending Indian war threat; became a recipe for a possible disaster. As the new state was just shedding the shackles of its co-existence, an actualization of the anticipated Indian outrage became real. By the connivance of the anti-Pakistan forces in 1948 a war was waged over the disputed territory of Kashmir. The Indian military hierarchy plotted to sabotage our frail country. Even under these difficult circumstances this great nation invested with diversity of colors stood united, differentiated in sects posed unanimous, tensed to core remained hopeful to oust all odds and defend its freedom to its last breath. The determination and commitment of Pakistani nation and its unflinching will to sustain, persist and maintain its newly gained existence, surpassed all emotions and proved triumphant. The first battle in its full swing took the lives of many gallant soldiers and civilians alike, who sworn by their unordain sense of patriotism: put there lives at stake to procure for their nation. Although the battle was won but the threat of a new confrontation persisted .As the lapels of time unfolded, the resilient nation continued to toil, to survive and attained a steady national coherence, economic stability and political pertinence. A growing Pakistani influence in the region and alliance with USA via CEATO, SENTO and FTAs with China in the 1950s and 1960s inaugurated an era of strategic consolidation on the world stage. However, this window of progress was not welcome to all including the enemy state India. The growing Kashmiri resentment against the Indian government became a concern for Pakistanis in the early 1960s.Who bonded by the oath of Muslim brotherhood decided to be the voice of the oppressed and defense of the downtrodden. In 1965, Pakistan started an infiltration into the disputed territory of Kashmir and successfully captured many high key areas, while Indian army caught aloof planned...

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Buck up Jawan! Duty Calls!
Sep07

Buck up Jawan! Duty Calls!

When the night grows dark and the cold sweeps in. When the wolves howl and the wildlings growl in despair. It’s when they keep their calm. It’s when they hold their nerves. Pacing silently through the shadows. Feet steady, arms taut. Heads down and backs strong. Their eyes gauge through the mist, looking for trouble and when the target is in sight, they leap out and roar like a lion, firing round after round at the enemy until it’s deadly silent again. The cold sweeps in one more time while they inspect the remains. Another night grows old, another enemy slain. These are our Pak Fauj Jawans protecting our borders, protecting their motherland, protecting us. The Pakistani militia, ranking 6th largest in the world, has proved itself time and time again. Our soldiers risk their lives every day in the name of duty and many of our Shaheed have performed miracles in the honor of protecting Pakistan from foreign elements. Buck up, jawan! You are the pride of the nation. Today we not only celebrate the war of 1965 but the efforts of Pakistani army as a whole. Their loyalty to the nation, their discipline at work, their propriety at duty and their skill in battle are commendable attributes which only a few words can describe. Our soldiers portray such heroism in the battlefield, such vigor and enthusiasm that one is baffled to see them perform. This is of course the fruit of the tough training they go through. Our Jawans leave their families behind for the sake of protecting the country. They are the reason the civilians can sleep peacefully for we all know that our borders are under high guard and our lions are keeping a close watch. The Pakistan Army today is busy with operation Zarb-e-Azb (the final blow), fighting militants in North Waziristan. These militants have haunted the nation for several years. They have killed our brothers and sisters through their attacks and suicide-bombings. The Pak Fauj is now working day and night to rid the country of these infiltrators once and for all. The operation began after militant hideouts and training facilities were targeted. The goal is to sweep these terrorists from their roots. Up till now hundreds have been killed and yet more remain. Today on Defense Day let us pray for our Mujahids who are fighting for us. May God give them strength in times of distress and may they appear victorious after this turmoil has ended for they are our defense, they our shield and they are our last hope. (Ameen) “People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because...

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Fearless Warriors of Pakistan Army
Sep07

Fearless Warriors of Pakistan Army

In the marketplace while I was busy shopping, all of a sudden I felt a brief freeze of time. It was my mind that started wondering about people and their joyous routines going on around. I could see a seemingly poor old lady sitting on the pavement outside trying to earn her bread and butter, but despite being so penurious, I observed a contently smile on her face. I saw an average broker with old smudged clothes trying to attract buyers, but he too had a strange sense of satisfaction on his face. A barefooted child with alluring colored eyes ran by me and while he passed, I caught a glimpse of happiness and relish on his cute face. Despite being under-privileged his eyes were unstoppably attracted to the colorful displays in the market. Not just this class of the society, I also momentarily observed people from the better classes with their pretentious outfits, shining automobiles and glamorous ornaments. They too were delighted and their expressions exhibited this great sense of contentment. I asked myself whether a nation surrounded by so many problems, facing so many threats and misery could contain such triumphant people? The reason behind this surely is the FREEDOM that we all enjoy, that our nation stands with proudly in this world, the FREEDOM for which our ancestors, our heroes sacrificed and gave up their lives for. These smiles and cherishes that we all nowadays take for granted are in actuality “most costly”. They have the cost no conceivable amount of money or wealth can cover. We owe the very freedom and liberty we enjoy ourselves without any concern, to our ancestors, the self-sacrificial creed who took the oath to protect us and our country, our opinions and our culture from every threat even if they had to break up everything they held dear to them the most. This great day of 6th September stands as a landmark of courage and sacrifice in the history of our great country. It is sad, but unfortunately a reality that most of us, especially the new generation has forgotten the endless sacrifices our ancestors made. We have rendered ourselves unable to feel the pain those mothers bore when they received a parade of their sons’ colleagues carrying their uniforms and their bodies in boxes, those fathers who had to bury their sons, those wives who got deprived of their matrimonial joys, those sons and daughters who lost their fathers. 6th September 1965, the day when our nation was challenged by our power greedy enemy, and fearless warriors of Pakistan Army, stood up to the occasion and deterred with full...

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Our Defense Lies in Your Hands
Sep06

Our Defense Lies in Your Hands

A month back me and all my cousins were craving for pizza at midnight. Without taking in consideration the fact that it was past midnight, we left home and started rushing towards SIALKOT Cantt, after reaching there we started strolling on the roads of Cantt without any fear, without any insecurity. That lack of insecurity was justified because at that time we found group of army men roaming on the roads in order to keep an eye over the discipline of that area. And yes, we all had an idea that SOMEONE is here for our protection Yes, someone is there for our DEFENSE. “DEFENSE”; reasonably a catchy word. Articulate this world in front of a doctor and he will automatically think of those white blood cells also known as leukocytes within the human body that are involved in the protection of body and in minimizing the Action of foreign agents (germs). Utter the word “DEFENSE” to a literature freak, and may be this world will drag him towards one of the famous writings of Shakespeare “Hamlet’ in which the protagonist protected himself from a tricky culprit father by using his so called common-sense, But when you will mention this word to a true patriot of this country, He won’t think of those white blood cells or those endless tales of Shakespeare rather he will think of a man donned in an ARMY uniform, half dark moons under his eyes sitting in sheer darkness on the borders of Pakistan filled  with courage, bravery, passion, devotion and sacrifice; who works for the defense of this country unceasingly and passionately. Twenty one years back I was born in the month of September in a country known as Pakistan that appeared on the globe sixty eight years back. I myself haven’t faced any chaos, hostility, rivalry, turmoil or war, but while holding a history book of Pakistan in our hands and starting from 1947 till 2014 we not merely notice the struggles of Quaid.e.Azam, words of ALLAMA IQBAL hind- Muslim rivalries, separation of Bengal, rather we also stumble upon the great victories of this country that are undoubtedly a fruitful result of blood and sweat of our courageous soldiers. We find the magnificent bravery of Rashid Minhas, courage of Major Aziz Bhatti, dedication of Sher Khan which emerged as the symbol of mettle and courage during the Kargil conflict on the Line of Control. While examining the history of our country, how could we ever forget the WARS?  And when we take a glance over the wars, we find that one of the most prominent wars in the history of Pakistan is...

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