ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Air Force (PAF) observed Martyrs’ Day on Saturday (September 07) at all its bases throughout the country.
According to an official press release, the day started with special prayer and recitation of the Holy Quran for the martyrs of 1965 and 1971 wars and those who laid down their lives in action since the creation of Pakistan.
A ceremony was also held at Air Headquarters in Islamabad, where Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt laid a floral wreath and offered ‘Fateha’ at the Martyrs’ Monument. Principal staff officers and a large number of airmen attended the ceremony.
Floral wreaths were also laid on the graves of PAF martyrs throughout the country.
Wreath laid at grave of Pilot Officer Rashid Minhas
A PAF contingent led by Air Vice Marshal Syed Hassan Azhar Rizvi, air officer commanding of the PAF Southern Air Command, offered ‘Fateha’ and laid floral wreath on behalf of Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt at the grave of Pilot Officer Rashid Minhas (Nishan-e-Haider) in Karachi. The contingent paid homage to the young pilot who had sacrificed his life in the defense of the motherland, showing an exceptional courage and determination.
Earlier, the Defense Day of Pakistan was celebrated on September 06 by all the three services in memory of the martyrs and Ghazis who with their dauntless courage and gallantry thwarted the evil designs of the enemy in 1965 War with India leaving behind several unforgettable tales of unparalleled valor and chivalry.