KARACHI: Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah, on Wednesday paid tributes to the Shuhada and Ghazis who rendered immense sacrifices for the motherland, the Pakistan Navy said in a statement.
Navy celebrated 52nd anniversary of Defence Day of Pakistan with due solemnity and reverence. The day is reminiscent of a glorious chapter in our nation’s history when the unmatched courage of our Armed Forces and infallible spirit of the nation foiled the nefarious designs of a much bigger and deceitful enemy during 1965 Indo-Pak War.
In his message on the occasion, Admiral Zakaullah said that “notwithstanding our earnest desire for peaceful co-existence, we need to remain alive to the challenges and developments taking place in our region. As hegemonic and domineering mindset prevails in our eastern neighbourhood, we cannot be oblivious to the threats to our sovereignty and national security”.
“However, this does not come without its share of challenges. In the maritime domain; piracy, maritime terrorism and organized crimes continue to pose security challenges to the peace and stability of the region,” he added.
The naval chief reiterated that Pakistan Navy is playing a vital role in strengthening maritime and coastal security through various initiatives including raising of a dedicated Task Force – 88, as well as Coastal Security & Harbour Defence Force.
Besides, Pakistan Navy is also playing its due role as part of ‘Operation Radd-ul-Fassad’ in collaboration with Pakistan Army, PAF and other Law Enforcement Agencies in combating security challenges on the internal front, he said.
The day dawned with special prayers at all naval mosques for solidarity and integrity of the country. Quran Khawani was also held for eternal peace of Shuhada of the country. Wreath laying and Fateha Khawani were also held at Shuhada’s memorials, the statement read.
Deputy Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Farrokh Ahmad laid floral wreath at Shuhada Monument at the Naval Headquarters Islamabad and offered Fateha.
Flag hoisting ceremonies were held at all Pakistan Navy units and establishments wherein Commanding Officers of all units and establishments addressed special gatherings of officers and men and highlighted significance of the day. All ships and establishments were decorated and illuminated in accordance with naval traditions.
In addition, Sports activities and declamation, quiz and national song competitions were also held at various Navy units and establishments, the statement said further.
Besides various ceremonies and events, the hallmark of the day remained the mega display of professional acumen by Pakistan Navy Aviation and Special Forces at Sea View Beach Clifton Karachi. Chief Minister Sindh Murad All Shah graced the occasion as chief guest.
The event included stunning demonstration of coordinated assault to rescue hostages by PN Commandoes. The Special Services Group (Navy) were inserted close to simulated target utilising fast roping insertion technique by PN Seeking helicopters. The assault was followed by splendid exhibition of aerobatics and Search and Rescue (SAR) drills by PN helicopters.
During the event, fly past by PN fixed wing aircraft and rotary wing (helos) elements was also demonstrated. In the end, Special Services Wings of all three services presented a Free Fall Jump display and landed amidst chanting crowds present at the venue.]