Determined to ward off any aggression against the motherland, the nation is set to hold the annual ‘Defence Day of Pakistan’ celebrations today with a renewed pledge to safeguard its geographical and ideological boundaries in every situation and at all costs. The historic day of September 6 will be commemorated with vigor and enthusiasm, sending a message loud and clear to the enemy that Pakistani nation and armed forces are fully prepared to frustrate any designs against the country’s sovereignty and integrity. A number of activities will be held across the country, reaffirming the nation’s resolve not to let anyone cast an evil eye at the homeland, achieved on August 14, 1947, after great sacrifices rendered by Muslims of the sub-continent. The day will dawn with special prayers in the mosques for the well-being and prosperity of the country, besides 31-gun salute at the federal capital and 21-gun salute at provincial capitals. The change of guard ceremony will take place at the Mazar-e-Quaid in Karachi in the morning. Fateha and Quran Khawani will be held for all those who sacrificed their lives while defending the motherland. Wreath laying ceremonies will be held at the mausoleums of the recipients of Nishan-e-Haider, which will be attended by the senior officials of the respective areas across the country.On September 6, 1965, Pakistan faced a grave challenge to sovereignty and integrity, which the nation and its valiant armed forces met with great courage and determination, defeating the sinister ambitions of the much-larger enemy – India. Since then, the nation has been observing the Defence Day every year with great zeal, seeking Allah Almighty’s blessing and support for the country’s integrity, prosperity and independence.