Pakistan Has No Aggressive Design Against Anyone: Gen Kayani

Rawalpindi: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani Friday said that Pakistan is a peace loving nation and focus of its armed forces always remained on defending and serving the country.

“We are a peace loving nation and harbor no aggression towards anyone but at the same time we value our freedom and independence more than anything else.”

He made these remarks while addressing participants of launching ceremony of book on Major Shabir Sharif Shaheed’s heroic life as military officer, held at General Headquarters (GHQs) here.

The COAS said that armed forces are fully prepared to ensure sovereignty and dignity of the country.

Appreciating the role and sacrifices of young officers of Pakistan Army during the war against terrorism, he said, “The young officers have setexamples for us and we should acknowledge the dedication of our brave soldiers who are taking pride by laying their lives for the nation.”

He said the ratio of martyred officers and soldiers is 1-10 which reflects their resolve and commitment.

General Kayani also paid tribute to Major Shabir Sharif Shaheed (Nishan-e-Haider) and termed him one of the most courageous military officers and symbol of bravery and valour for the new generation.

He also appreciated the writer who highlighted several aspect of life and role of Major Shabir Sharif Shaheed (NH).

He said Colonel Azam Qadri (Retd) has made the epic life of the legendary solider more memorable than ever through his remarkable effort of collecting and compiling the shining moments of Major Shabir’s career.

Speaking on the occasion, other speakers also paid tribute to Major Shabir Sharif Shaheed and threw light on his achievement.

The book “What more can a solider desire” is a candid account of Major Shabir’s acts of valour and bravery he displayed throughout his military career and during the two Pakistan-India wars of 1965 and 1971.

Major Shabir embraced Shahadat on December 6, 1971 while firing and engaging the Indian tanks in the Sulemanki Sector.

Portion of the book is based upon the letters that Major Shabir wrote to the author, which contain and enumerate not only some historic facts about the Pakistan-India war of 1965, but also present a good reflection of his day-to-day life, as well as his personality.

The book not only galvanizes the desire of achievement, but also portrays the parts of Major Shabir Sharif’s life in a novel and impressive way.

Captain Bilal Zafar Shaheed (Sitara-e-Basalat)

Today is the 3rd Youm-e-Shahadat of Captain Bilal Zafar Shaheed.

On May 17th 2009, Capt Bilal Zafar (SB) left his unit after meeting his friend and brother Captain Zarrar Zafar who is also serving in Pak Army as SSG Commando. Somehow Bilal knew that he was going to be martyred; he completed his will prior to his death and advised his brother to take care of parents. He even asked his friend Captain Raheel to lead his Namaz-e-Janaaza.

On 5:30 AM, during an assault on Ghuzano Sar Top (now called Bilal Top) he was hit by sniper shot on his arm but he continued his operation as he always said and I quote “Bullet can never harm me”. Later he got hit by Rocket Propeller Grenade (RPG) and embraced Shahadat at the spot.

Watch Complete 2012 Youm-e-Shuhada Ceremony Held at GHQ

3rd Youm-e-Shuhada (Day of Martyrs) was observed with perseverance and solemnity at all Garrisons of the country on April 30, 2012.

The day was marked to commemorate the sacrifices of Pakistan Army, while protecting the motherland against internal and external threats.
Wreath laying ceremonies were held at Yadgar-e-Shuhada’s to pay homage to supreme sacrifices rendered by sons of the soil.

Main ceremony of Yaum-e-Shuhada was held at GHQ. Yaum-e-Shuhada ceremony was witnessed by a large number of families of Shuhada, parliamentarians, services chiefs, diplomats and people from all walks of life including the media.

Suicide Bomber Targets Tribal Police in Bajaur Agency

PESHAWAR / KHAR: A teenage suicide bomber targeted tribal police in Bajaur Agency on Friday, killing at least 25 people, including seven law-enforcers – one of whom was the recipient of a presidential medal for valour.
At least 72 people were also wounded in the attack that targeted a Levies checkpoint in a busy marketplace of Khar, the main town in Bajaur Agency.
The outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement emailed to The Express Tribune.

Levies Subedar Quarter Master Fazl Rabi embraced martyrdom in the suicide blast.

TTP spokesperson Ehsanullah Ehsan said that their targets were Levies officials Subedar Major Javed Khan and Subedar Quarter Master Fazl Rabi.
Fazal Rabi, according to Ehsan, was honoured with a ‘presidential award’ (Tamgha-e-Shujaat or medal of bravery) for killing several Taliban fighters. “While (Subedar) Major Javed was involved in the killing of Shaikh Marwan,” he said.
Shaikh Marwan was an Arab militant commander who was killed by Levies personnel before the 2008 military operation in Bajaur Agency.
The suicide attack came on the heels of two back-to-back explosions that killed five people, among them three Levies officials, in the Chamarkand area of Bajaur on Thursday.
After Thursday’s blasts, local authorities had clamped an indefinite curfew on the region.
Political Agent Islam Zeb confirmed to The Express Tribune that Friday’s strike was carried out by a suicide bomber.
“Strict security measures were put in place after yesterday’s blast – yet we couldn’t thwart today’s suicide attack,” he added.
Police official Abdul Hasib Khan put the death toll at 25 killed and 72 injured. “The tally includes Levies officials Javed Khan and Master Fazl Rabi and their three colleagues,” he added.
Hasib Khan said that the suicide bomber was in his early 20s. He approached the security checkpoint in the middle of Khar Bazaar and detonated the explosives strapped to his body.
Political administration official Fida Muhammad told The Express Tribune that a senior leader of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, Jaffar Shah, was also killed in the strike.
The injured were shifted to the Agency Headquarters Hospital in Khar and to the Lady Reading Hospital (LHR) in Peshawar. Medics at LHR said they have received four injured and half of them are in a critical condition.
A student, who was also injured in the attack, said that he was loading flour sacks onto a truck when the bomber struck. “There was a bang – and the truck’s tyres deflated suddenly. I was hit by shrapnel and ball bearings,” Zubair told The Express Tribune from his hospital bed in the LRH.
Another injured added that the bomber ran towards the Levies officials and detonated the explosives.
Commander of Bajaur Scouts Col Muhammad Shakeel Janua, while speaking to the media, said that the bomber might have come from across the border because ‘he was not a local resident’.
Bajaur Agency has been one of the toughest battlegrounds in the fight against the Taliban insurgency. The military conducted major operations there in 2008 and 2009 and has repeatedly declared it secure.
The TTP spokesperson said that the group knew all those involved in ‘activity’ against the Taliban, and warned that such people “will be treated with iron hands”.
The blast was the deadliest since February 17, when 31 people were killed by a suicide attack in Kurram Agency.
Since July 2007, up to 5,000 people have been killed in attacks blamed on the TTP and its allies, according to an AFP tally.

Courtesy: Express Tribune

Youm-e-Shuhada Is Being Observed Today

Today, Yaum-e-Shuhada will be observed with perseverance and solemnity at all Garrisons of the country. The day will be marked to commemorate the sacrifices of Pakistan Army, while protecting the motherland against internal and external threats.
Wreath laying ceremonies will be held at Yadgar-e-Shuhada’s to pay homage to supreme sacrifices rendered by sons of the soil.
Main ceremony of Yaum-e-Shuhada will be held at GHQ where Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani will be the host. Yaum-e-Shuhada ceremony will be witnessed by a large number of families of Shuhada, parliamentarians, services chiefs, diplomats and people from all walks of life including the media.

Major Shabbir Sharif Shaheed (Nishan-e-Haider)

Major Shabbir Sharif (April 28, 1943 – December 7, 1971) was a Pakistani Army officer who embraced martyrdom at Western front during the 1971 Indo-Pak. Shabbir Sharif was born in Kunjah town of District Gujrat. He did O-Levels from St. Anthony’s High School, Lahore. He joined Government College, Lahore for further studies but received a call to join Pakistan Military Academy, Kakul before he could complete his studies. Sharif had an outstanding stay at the military academy and was given the prestigious ‘Sword of Honor’ on passing out. He was commissioned in Pakistan Army on April 19, 1964 and was posted to 6th Battalion of the Frontier Force Regiment (FF).

Shabbir Sharif participated in the 1965 Indo-Pak war as a young Lieutenant. He led many successful assaults on Indian forces. During the war, he got injured and was admitted in the Military Hospital but he escaped to rejoin his unit. He was later awarded the Sitara-e-Jurat for his bravery. In 1971, Pakistan Army decided to launch an offensive on the Western front to ease pressure on its forces fighting in the Eastern Front in East Pakistan (now Bangladesh). Sharif by then had rose to the rank of Major. During the war he was ordered to capture and attack an important linking bridge called ‘Gurmakhera Bridge’. Major Sharif and his troops carried out a successful assault despite of being outnumbered by Indian troops. In one of the fights with Indian troops, he engaged his counterpart Major Naryan Singh of 4 Jat in a man-to-man battle and was successful in killing him. But in the process his right shoulder was badly burnt. Another offensive was launched by Indian Army to eliminate Major Sharif’s troops on December 6, 1971. He kept leading his troops from the front despite of heaving injuries. On the morning of December 7, 1971 heaving shelling started from Indian tanks. One of the shells landed near Major Shabbir Sharif throwing him and other troops in air. He embraced martyrdom few seconds later after falling on ground. His lasts words were “don’t lose the bridge’.

Major Shabbir Sharif was buried in his hometown (Lahore) with full military honors. He was posthumously awarded ‘Nishan-e-Haider’. He is the only person who has been awarded both highest gallantry awards; Sitara-e-Jurat and Nishan-e-Haider which makes him the highest decorated soldier of Pakistan Armed Forces.

Yeh Ghazi Yeh Teray Pur Asrar Banday

Yeh Ghazi Yeh Teray Pur Asrar Banday
Jinhain Tunay Bakhsha hai Zauq-e-Khudai

Do Neem Un ki Thokar say Sahra o Darya
Simat kar Pahaar In ki Haybat say Rayi

Do Aalam say Karti hai Baygaana Dil ko
Ajab cheez hai Lazzat-e-Aashnayi

Shahadat hai Matloob o Maqsood-e-Momin
Na Maal-e-Ghaneemat na Kishwar Kushayi

Dilay Mard-e-Momin main phir zinda kar day
Woh Bijli thi keh Na’ara-e-La Tadar main

Azayim ko seenom main baydaar kar day
Nigha-e-Muslim ko Talwar kar day

Tribute To Fallen Comrades – Siachen

Filmmaker was with soldiers four days before the avalanche/landslide at Gayari Sector, Siachen. He got a call from ISPR while editing this.