SIALKOT: The people of Sialkot will observe the National Defenec Day and Kashmir Solidarity Day with zeal and enthusiasm today.

The nation will renew the pledge to sacrifice lives for upholding the prestige of Pakistan and defending the Motherland. The people will pay homage to all the martyrs and Ghazis of September 06, 1965 Indo-Pak War.

The Day will dawn with the special prayers in all the mosques for national solidarity, integrity, prosperity and peace.

In Sialkot, the main “Hilal-e-Istaqlal” hoisting ceremony would be held at historical Sialkot Fort under the auspices of Sialkot Municipal Corporation here today.

Senior Pak Army and Sialkot district administration officials will jointly hoist the Hilal-e-Istaqlal, which was conferred upon to the people of Sialkot, who wrote a golden history of bravery by sacrificing their lives for defending the motherland near Sialkot during the September 06, 1965 Indo-Pak War.

On this occasion, the people of Sialkot will reaffirm resolve to defend the country as it did in 1965 in the event of a similar threat in future.

The senior Pak Army officials will salute the Shuhada and lay down the floral wreaths at their graves in Sialkot, Daska and Chawinda during the special ceremonies held there today.

Meanwhile, Hundreds of the students of University of Sialkot and their teachers will march towards the Sucheetgarh Zero Point along the Sialkot Working Boundary today.

They will express complete solidarity with the oppressed Kashmiri people in landlocked Occupied Jammu and Kashmir. They will also pay homage to the Shuhada and Ghzais of 1965 Indo-Pak War, besides, giving a strong message of peace to the neighbouring Indian, while hoisting the national flags of Pakistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).