6th of September, or Yaum-e-Difa as it is called in Urdu, is a day celebrated throughout Pakistan to commemorate in the memory of a very successful Pakistani frontier defence against India, which marked a ceasefire in the 1965 war on the 6th of September.

Pakistani Army, very gallantly fought the Indian Army and defeated the Indians on land, sea and in the air.

The Nishan-E-Haider Holders from 1965 war, the Highest Military Gallantry Award, literally meaning ‘Mark of the Lion’

The celebration takes place with Pakistan Army displaying their latest missiles, tanks, guns and helicopters etc.

Defence Day celebrates the discipline, professionalism and patriotism of the Pakistan Armed Forces.

Abdullah Qureshi, very beautifully, paid tribute to the martyrs of the 1965 war, who went to all extent to save their country and gallantly fought the enemy.

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Abdullah Qureshi in a still from his latest video

Abdullah Qureshi rose to fame after singing a part of ‘Afreen’ by Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, which he believed that the Coke Studio version of Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and Momina Mustehsan lacked. He quickly went viral over his post, and people loved seeing the man in action once more!

This time around, Abdullah has come out with a professionally recorded version of Madam Noor Jehan’s ‘Ae Watan Ke Sajeelay Jawano’, a national treasure which was sung for the soldiers who sacrificed their today for our tomorrow.

Noor Jehan sang the powerful tribute to Pakistan Armed Forces ‘Ae Watan Ke Sajeelay Jawano’ back in the days

Not only that, it is a memory that keeps reminding us of how grateful we should be of our defence forces.

What’s more impressive about this tribute is the mere fact that this tribute comes from a youth icon, an inspiration of all current young musicians and those who look upto the child/young stars of Pakistan.


With Abdullah currently setting the trend for showing the youth how to love their own country and be grateful for what we have, DailyPakistan got him to say a few words regarding his cover and being an inspiration to the youth for something better:

“I think that it is the responsibility of every individual, whether a youth icon or a popular celebrity or a doctor or an engineer, to love and respect their country first and foremost. Whatever I do, I do for Pakistan and it’s people, and I keep that in mind whenever I perform: to be the best at everything I do and represent my country as a positive place where a lot of talented people are working together for the progress and prosperity of the nation.”

Abdullah is seen using percussions for a nice, traditional feel of the song overall. (In his case, a Matka has been used)


Abdullah never fails to impress us, and is surely a breath of fresh air for those who want to produce meaningful music!

Here’s the tribute. Enjoy: