The Consulate General of Pakistan in Jeddah commemorated the 55th Defense Day to pay tribute to those Pakistani men and women who laid down their lives defending their country in the 1965 India-Pakistan war.
The event was attended by members of different segments of the Pakistani community. The ceremony commenced with the recitation of the Holy Qur’an followed by the national anthems of Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. Special messages of the president and prime minister of Pakistan were read out to the public.
Display areas were set up to highlight the bravery and courage of the military in the 1965 war.
During his speech, Consul General of Pakistan Khalid Majid highlighted the sacrifices rendered by the soldiers of the Pakistan Armed Forces. He paid special tributes to the martyred men and women as well as their families. Majid reiterated the resolve of the Pakistani nation to overcome all challenges and emphasized on the significance of relationships among the comity of nations to deal with contemporary issues facing the world.
During the event, the consul general also handed over certificates of appreciation to the four recipients of the Foreign Minister’s Honors List. Their contributions, efforts and sacrifices in the fight against COVID-19 in Saudi Arabia were acknowledged. The event concluded with collective prayers for the martyrs of Pakistan as well as for the safety, security, continued progress and prosperity of the country.
Earlier, a documentary on the contribution of the Pakistan Armed Forces was screened. A song, especially written for the occasion by the press consul, was aired and schoolchildren dressed in special costumes spoke about the significance of the day.
The event was held with limited audience in attendance, in compliance with the local COVID-19 restrictions and precautionary measures.