A ceremony paying tribute to the martyrs of the 1965 war on the 52nd Defence Day of Pakistan is underway at General Headquarters in Rawalpindi.
Chief of Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa and former army chief Raheel Sharif are in attendance at the ceremony.
Also present at the event are Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Khursheed Shah, Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif, National Assembly Speaker Ayaz Sadiq and Information Minister Maryam Aurangzeb. Prominent athletes and entertainers, including actor Humayun Saeed, are also attending the event.
Actors Sheheryar Munawar and Sana Javed were among the celebrities who hosted the ceremony at GHQ. Anchorpersons Farooq Hassan and Sadia Afzal also hosted the event.
Singer Atif Aslam opened the ceremony with a patriotic song, as a video paying tribute to the armed forces played in the background.
A short film showing the families of martyred soldiers remembering their sons left members of the audience in tears. Activist and motivational speaker Muniba Mazari spoke at the ceremony.
Earlier today, Defence Day was commemorated with traditional fervour and solemnity across the country, beginning with special prayers for the progress and prosperity of Pakistan.
Change of guard ceremonies were held at the mausoleums of Allama Iqbal in Lahore and Quaid-i-Azam in Karachi, and a ceremony at the Pakistan Navy headquarters in Islamabad.
Former army chief retired Gen Raheel Sharif reached Lahore's Miani Sahib graveyard, where he laid a floral wreath on the grave of his brother Maj Shabbir Sharif who lost his life during the 1971 war on Dec 6 in the Sulemanki Sector.