Martyrs Day in Pakistan Date in the current year: April 30, 2017

Martyrs Day in Pakistan Martyrs Day (Youm-e-Shuhada) is a Pakistani memorial day observed on April 30 every year. It was established to honor the servicemen who sacrificed their lives for the safety and security of their country and its people.

Since the proclamation of the independence of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan in 1947, the Pakistan Armed Forces have participated in several Indo-Pakistani wars and conflicts caused by the Kashmir issue and a border conflict with Afghanistan, as well as UN peacekeeping operations worldwide. In 2009, Pakistan was the single largest contributor of UN peacekeeping forces.

Martyrs Day was established to honor the memory of fallen soldiers and officers who died while in service. It is marked with memorial ceremonies and other events held in military units across Pakistan. The main ceremony takes place at the General Headquarters located in the city of Rawalpindi that used to be Pakistan's capital before Islamabad. It involves serving and retired officers, the families and relatives of the martyrs, and military and government officials.

The Pakistan Armed Forces are the sixth largest in the world in terms of active military personnel. They consist of three main branches (Army, Navy and Air Force) and paramilitary forces. The President of Pakistan is the Commander-in-Chief of the country's Armed Forces.

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Anniversaries and Memorial Days

Country

Pakistan

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