Whole Pakistani nation observes ‘Youm-e-Takreem Shuhada-e-Pakistan’ to pay rich tribute to the martyrs
Ceremonies held at GHQ, PAF, Navy
RAWALPINDI ( Web News )
The whole Pakistani nation observed ‘Youm-e-Takreem Shuhada-e-Pakistan’ on Thursday, to pay rich tribute to the martyrs who laid their lives while protecting the motherland and its people.
In this regard, the main ceremony was held at General Headquarters (GHQ) in Rawalpindi on Thursday.
Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Hafiz Syed Asim Munir Ahmed Shah visited the martyrs’ monument, laid floral wreath and offered fateha.
Later, prominent personalities also laid the floral wreath at the martyrs’ monument.
These included amongst others the families of martyrs, students, Senior Veterans, the Inspector General Islamabad Police Dr. Akbar Nasir Khan, the Director General Anti Narcotics Force, the Regional Police Officer Rawalpindi, the commissioners of Islamabad and Rawalpindi , Cricketers Babar Azam and Muhammad Rizwan and Radio Pakistan’s Newscaster Ishrat Fatima.
Former army chief retired Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa, former chairman joint chiefs of staff committee General (retd) Nadeem Raza, Chairman Ruet-e-Hilal Committee Maulana Abdul Khabeer Azad, former Chairman Ruit-e-Hilal Committee Mufti Munibur Rehman was among the participants. The heirs of martyrs were specially invited to attend the ceremony.
Meanwhile, in connection with Youm-e-Takreem Shuhada e Pakistan, separate ceremonies were held at Naval and PAF Headquarters in Islamabad.
At the Naval headquarters, Naval Chief Amjad Khan Niazai laid floral wreath at the martyrs’ monument.
At the PAF headquarters, Air Chief Zaheer Ahmad Babar laid floral wreath at the martyrs’ monument.
A ceremony was also held at the JS Headquarters Rawalpindi where floral wreaths were laid at the martyrs’ monument.
In remembrance of the courageous heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice, numerous events featuring Quran recitation and prayers were organised throughout the country. These gatherings will serve as a platform for the nation to honour the indomitable spirit and unwavering dedication of the martyrs hailing from the Pakistan Army, Rangers, Frontier Constabulary (FC), police and other law enforcement agencies.
Several commemorative ceremonies were held at the martyrs’ memorials located at prominent sites such as the Pakistan Air Force (PAF), the Pakistan Naval Headquarters (PN) and the Police Yadgar-e-Suhuda.
These ceremonies paid homage to the heroes and served as a means to honour their sacrifices in regions including Azad Jammu Kashmir (AJK), Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) and all provincial capitals.
Meanwhile, President Dr. Arif Alvi said the entire nation was proud of its valiant martyrs who displayed the spirit of patriotism and fearlessness in testing times throughout their history.
“The nation owes to the heroism and sacrifices offered by the jawans and officers of our Armed Forces, including Pakistan Army, Rangers, Air Force, Navy, Police, and other security institutions that made Pakistan’s defence impregnable,” the president said in a message on observance of Youm-e-Takreem Shuhada-e-Pakistan on Thursday.
On the other hand, Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif on Wednesday urged the nation to pay tribute to the martyrs on Thursday.
In a tweet, the prime minister urged the people, including the children, to visit monuments and graves of martyrs and shower flowers as a sign of affection and respect.
On the eve of Youm-e-Takreem Shuhada-e-Pakistan, the Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC), services chiefs, retired services officers and representatives of civil society paid rich tributes to shuhada (martyrs) who rendered ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty for ensuring integrity, sovereignty and honour of the nation and motherland.
According to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) news release, the sacrifices of Shuhada are eternal, will continue to inspire future generations of countrymen and will never be forgotten, irrespective of vicious propaganda by the enemies of Pakistan.