| GEO Pakistan|
PM pays homage to heroes of Sep 6
| Updated at: 0556 PST, Monday, September 06, 2010|
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani renewed his government's pledge to make Pakistan a strong and invincible country by inculcating unity, faith and discipline in lives of Pakistani people.
In a message on Pakistan Defence Day, the prime minister said September 6 is a red letter day in the history of Pakistan when the armed forces with the solid support of the people exhibited unprecedented valor in thwarting grave threats to the country.
"On this day, we pay homage to our valiant martyrs and our ancestors who defended their country heroically."
He said Pakistan is facing gigantic and myriad challenges and is passing through a critical period of history.
"Our security is challenged by multi-dimensional and multi-directional threats. Our adversaries taking full advantage of the situation on the one hand are adding to the difficulties of Pakistan and on the other extremists and terrorists are threatening the basic values and character of our society. Recent devastating floods have further compounded our difficulties," he added.
He said it is not the first time that our nation is confronted with serious challenges. Pakistani nation has always braced formidable challenges with unity and courage.
"With the proverbial resilience of our people, we are destined to overcome the present challenges and will soon emerge as a stronger country."
Gilani said the federal and provincial governments are making every possible effort to mitigate the sufferings of flood victims.
"Our armed forces, other state institutions and the entire Nation have come forth to help the peoples affected by the devastating floods."
"We are determined to rehabilitate our brethren in their homes without any waste of time. This challenge is not bigger than the challenge we faced at the birth of our country," he added.