The Pakistan Army has postponed its annual Defence Day ceremony in solidarity with flood victims across the country as the death toll from deadly flash floods reached 1,191.
The ceremony is held at the General Headquarters (GHQ) Rawalpindi on September 6 every year to commemorate the sacrifices of fallen heroes during the 1965 war.
“In solidarity with the flood-affected people of Pakistan, central ceremony at GHQ to commemorate Defense & Martyrs Day on 6 September has been postponed,” the military’s media wing, ISPR, said in a Twitter post. “Pakistan Armed Forces shall continue serving our brothers and sisters struck by unprecedented floods.”
The United Nations and Pakistan also issued a flash appeal for $160 million to help the country deal with catastrophic floods that have displaced a large number of people and destroyed livelihoods.