BAHAWALPUR: The 52nd Defence Day was observed with traditional zeal and national spirit in Bahawalpur, Mailsi, Bahawalnagar and Dera Nawab Garrison on Wednesday. Several ceremonies were held to pay homage to the Pakistan Army soldiers and officers who laid down their lives for the motherland.The daylong celebrations started with special prayers for sovereignty, solidarity and integrity of Pakistan. An exhibition of weapons and equipment possessed by the armed forces was held at the Noor Mahal Bahawalpur. Bahawalpur Corps Commander Lieutenant General Sher Afgun inaugurated the exhibition, which attracted a large number of people, including women and children. Visitors were also informed about functioning of each weapon displayed at the exhibition.Earlier, Lt Gen Sher Afgun laid a floral wreath at the martyrs’ monument at a ceremony and also offered fateha. Speaking on the occasion, the corps commander highlighted the significance of the supreme sacrifices rendered by the martyrs of the armed forces and paid homage to them. Published in Daily Times, September 7th 2017.