ISLAMABAD/LAHORE: The Pakistan army observed a Youm-e-Shuhada with fervour in recognition of great sacrifices made by the security forces for the country’s defence and sovereignty at the Lahore Garrison on Saturday. Another ceremony was held at the GHQ by the Chief of Army Staff.
COAS Pervez Kayani paid tribute to the martyrs, saying that the army had sacrificed a lot, and had fulfilled its duty by protecting Pakistan from terrorists. He expressed his solidarity with the families of martyrs, and said they had fought for a cause.
A ceremony was organised at the Yadgar-e-Shuhada,Aziz Bhatti Shaheed Road, Cantt, which was presided over by Lahore Corps Commander Lieutenant-General Rashad Mehmood while Brig (Retrd) Abdul Qayyum, a hero of the 1965 War, was the chief guest. Garrison Officer Commandant Major-General Malik ZafarIqbal, GOC Major-General Azim Asif, DG Rangers Punjab Muhammed Nawaz, former Vice Chief of Army Staff General Ahsan Saleem Hayat, former Governor Punjab Lieut-General Khalid Maqbool, serving and retired army officers and families of martyrs also attended the ceremony.
The participants laid a floral wreath at the Yadgar-Shuhada while a smartly turned-out guard presented a salute to honour the Shuhada. Lt-Gen Rashad Mehmood, addressing the participants, paid rich tribute to personnel of Pakistan Army, Air Force, Navy, Rangers, Police and the public for their remarkable sacrifices for safeguarding the sovereignty and integrity of the country in the 1965, 1971 wars and ongoing operations against terrorists, miscreants and militants.
He said that the country was facing various internal and external threats and the Pakistan Army would make every sacrifice to ensure the defence of the national frontiers and integrity at all costs.
Recalling great sacrifices made by Jawans and officers of the security forces, he reiterated Pakistan Army’s firm resolve to fight for the sake of national defence, stability and prosperity. He said that supreme sacrifices by Shuhada of the Pakistan Army would go down as one of the most glorious chapters in annals of national history.
The corps commander said that it was solely because of joint commitment and resolve of soldiers and the people of Pakistan that the country was fighting successfully against anti-state forces.
He said that families of Shuhada were the most valued asset to the nation and commended their resilience and sacrifice for a better future of the country. He said that the nation held them in high esteem and would stand behind their families in the time of need. He urged the officers and soldiers to follow in the footsteps of their valiant predecessors and spare no effort whatsoever to ensure impregnable defence of their motherland. The Pakistan Army, on the Youm-e-Shuhada, decorated roads in the cantonment area with portraits of martyrsto pay homage to their supreme sacrifices.