Defense Day in Pakistan Date in the current year: September 6, 2016

Defense Day in Pakistan September 6 is celebrated in Pakistan as Defense Day. This national day commemorates the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965. It was established to honor the memory of those who lost their lives in the war.

The Indo-Pakistani War of 1965 was part of the Kashmir conflict which began in 1947, when India and Pakistan became independent states, and has not been resolved yet. In August 1965, Pakistan launched Operation Gibraltar, intending to infiltrate the state of Jammy and Kashmir and spark a rebellion against Indian rule.

Pakistan's operation launched a full-scale war between Pakistan and India. On September 6, Indian troops crossed the border and reached the Ichogil Canal. The Pakistani Army effectively stalled any further advance by the Indians, but suffered great losses.

The war ended with a ceasefire on September 23 without any permanent territorial changes, but both countries claimed victory. India and Pakistan lost thousands of men, but the exact number is unknown, because the official reports and unofficial claims differ too much.

Defense Day in Pakistan is a national day, which means it is an official observance, but not a public holiday. It is marked with flag hoisting ceremonies, official speeches, military parades and exhibitions, award ceremonies and other events and activities.

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