Islamabad: (Parliament Times) President Mamnoon Hussain said no nation in the world as the people of Pakistan had paid a heavy price in terms of life and property in fight against terrorism.
In his message to the nation on Defence Day, he saluted the heroes who rendered sacrifices to protect the homeland and the armed forces for making the countryâ€™s Defence impregnable.
The president said September 6, was a memorable day in national calendar when the people of Pakistan demonstrated unprecedented national unity and stood by the valiant armed forces to thwart a serious aggression by the enemy. He said the commemoration of this historic day revived spirits and strengthened the resolve to defend the country against all sorts of threats. â€œWe pay homage to all those sons and daughters of the soil who laid down their lives and endured the vagaries of war in defending the motherland,â€ he said. â€œIt was because of their supreme sacrifices and unshakable determination that we lived in safety and dignityâ€, he added.
The president said the need to imbibe the spirit of September 6, was
even greater as the country was confronted with the challenges of extremism and terrorism. He said the militants and extremists through their subversive
activities had challenged the state in a bid to impose their obscurantist agenda on the people of Pakistan. He said the government of Pakistan in unanimity with all the
stakeholders and with complete backing from the entire political spectrum and the people had launched National Action Plan under which the armed forces, personnel of police and law enforcement agencies were successfully rooting out the menace of terrorism and extremism from the country. He said Operation Raddul Fasaad, an extension of operation Zarb-e-Azb, was progressing successfully in different parts of the country and would continue till the last terrorist was eliminated. â€œLet us revive the spirit of unity of September 6, in meeting the new challenges. Let us pledge, in accordance with the vision of our beloved Quaid-e-Azam, that we will make Pakistan one of the greatest nations of the world,â€ he said.