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Defence and Martyrs Day will be observed on Friday to pay tributes to the martyrs and Ghazis and reaffirm commitment to defend the motherland against all threats. On September 6, 1965, the Indian forces crossed international border in the darkness of night to attack Pakistan but the nation foiled nefarious designs of the enemy.

This Defence and Martyrs Day will also be marked as Kashmir Solidarity Day to reaffirm the support of Pakistani nation to the oppressed people of occupied Kashmir who have been under lockdown for over a month now.

Special prayers will be offered after Fajr in mosques for the progress and prosperity of the country and independence of occupied Kashmir from the cruel clutches of India. Fateha and Quran Khawani will also be held for the martyrs. The day will dawn with 31 gun salute at the Federal Capital and provincial capitals.

Main ceremony of the day will be held at General Headquarters in Rawalpindi to pay tributes to the martyrs. According to a notification issued by the interior ministry, the offices throughout the country will be closed by 3pm to mark the day and show solidarity with the Kashmiri people.

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