Youm-e-Shuhada Observed In Bhawalpur

A ceremony was organised to observe Youm-e-Shuhada at Bahawalpur Garrison here on Monday.The ceremony was organised to pay homage to the martyred soldiers who sacrificed their lives for defence of the country. Addressing the ceremony, Corps Commander Bahawalpur Lt-Gen Muhammad Haroon Aslam said that the sacrifices given by the Pakistani nation and Pak armed forces in war on terror were more than any other nation. He said that April 30 was very significant for Pakistani armed forces. He admired the Pakistani nation which always stood with the Pak armed forces both in peace and war. Earlier, the Corps Commander laid floral wreaths on the monument of martyred soldiers and offered fateha. The ceremony was also attended by the families of martyred soldiers, civil and military officers.



AJK PM Majeed Pays Tribute To Pakistan Army Martyrs

Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJK) Prime Minister Chaudry Abdul Majeed  paid rich tribute to the officers and brave soldiers of Pakistan Army who offered the supreme sacrifices  to safeguard the sacred land of Pakistan. Addressing the Martyrs Day, observed in Army Stadium Muzaffarabad on Monday, said that this day reminds the nation for those who ensured the freedom of Pakistan and peace. The Prime minister said that he was honored to attend the ceremony to pay homage to the martyred officers and soldiers of the country, adding since 1947 the brave men of Pakistan Army left no stone unturned to guard the geographic frontiers of the country by offering their lives for the sacred mission.

Corps Commander Peshawar Pays Rich Tributes To Martyrs

A special Shuhada Day ceremony was held at Yadgar-e-Shuhada Peshawar to commemorate the sacrifices of the heroes, who laid down their lives while safeguarding the frontiers of the country against the menace of terrorism.

Corps Commander, Lieutenant General Khalid Rabbani and Lieutenant Colonel Sameen Jan Baber (SJ) and Bar were the chief guest on the occasion, laid the wreath at Yadgar-i-Shuhada, says an ISPR press release on Monday.

Corps Commander while addressing on the occasion said that the defenders of Pakistan have withstood multifarious challenges and tests of time.

Backed by the people of Pakistan, its Armed Forces always rose to the occasion, be it guarding the frontiers in war, protecting the lives of people in various calamities, rendering services for nation building, purging the society of the menace of terrorism.

Pak Army has a tradition of looking after the families of these Shuhada and in this regard different welfare packages/ schemes have been initiated for the bereaved families.

Lieutenant Colonel Sameen Jan Baber, while speaking on the occasion, said that nation is proud of our heroes who have proved their mettle in the hour of need and world has recognised the courage and bravery of our soldiers.

The ceremony was attended by the large number of Shuhada families, political leadership, serving and retired civil and army officers, police, FC, members of civil society, students and teachers of colleges and universities.

Youm-e-Shuhada: Pakistan Still At War, Reminds Kayani

Rawalpindi: Despite the sacrifices of people and security institutions, General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani,  said that Pakistan still remained in a state of war. He was addressing the commemorative ceremony for Youm-e-Shuhada (Day of Martyrs) in Rawalpindi on Monday.

COAS General Ashfaq Parvez offering dua after laying a floral wreath at Yadgar-e-Shuhada at General Headquarters.

However, he expressed confidence that the nation would succeed against the odds. “We will succeed in our efforts if we have complete faith in the ideology of Pakistan.”

With the question of national sovereignty and foreign policy being asked again as Pakistan bid adieu to US Af-Pak special ambassador Marc Grossman, Kayani said the armed forces would follow the national policy formulated with consensus in the Parliament, keeping in view sovereignty and dignity of the country.

Addressing the gathering of distinguished guests, including parliamentarians, diplomats, families of martyrs and senior military officials on the third Youm-e-Shuhada Day (day of martyrs), he said, “the main objective for all of us is to make Pakistan a strong country and we should not forget this objective.”

He said the armed forces believed in a strong democratic system and its continuity in the country, whose development and prosperity was linked with the respect of democratic values.

General Kayani said the Constitution clearly determines the responsibilities and duties of national institutions and “it is imperative to fulfill our responsibilities in such a manner which improves our own and the country’s image.”

He said the primary objective of democratic system should be the welfare and prosperity of people besides creating a balanced society with equal opportunities of justice. “It is only way to further strengthen Pakistan’s national security.”

About the Abbottabad incident and the attack on Salala post, he said despite the unprecedented sacrifices of Pakistani people and the armed forces, some external forces have failed to acknowledge it. The resultant situation has put the people under mental stress, and as a result, were forced to review bilateral relations with them, he said, before adding, “we understand that others should also respect our sovereignty and dignity.”

Recounting the successes of Pakistan’s security forces, including the Army, Frontier Constabulary, Frontier Corps, Rangers and Police, he said what they had achieved, was through sacrifices in the fight against extremism and terrorism in difficult areas. He said these sacrifices were a hallmark of history. “We all pay glowing tributes to them,” he added.

Even as he praised the security forces, he was quick to point out that the most important sacrifices were rendered by the Pakistani people who gave courage and determination to the forces to fight on.

Giyari soldiers remembered

The Chief of Army Staff expressed his, the army and the nation’s sorrow over the tragedy that befell 139 soldiers trapped under the avalanche in Gayari sector, on Siachen glacier.

“We are utilising all our resources to recover our colleagues despite very difficult conditions there,” he said, adding that the entire nation, especially the armed forces, were sad over the tragic incident.

Appreciating the role of countries, institutions and individuals who have extended their cooperation for the recovery of missing soldiers, he vowed to continue the search and rescue operation until the last missing soldier is recovered.

Earlier, General Kayani laid a wreath at the Yadgar-e-Shuhada monument to pay homage to the sacrifices rendered by sons of the soil. A smartly turned out contingent of the Pakistan Army presented guard of honour to the martyrs.

Federal Defence Minister Ch Ahmed Mukhtar, Minister for Information and Broadcasting Qamar Zaman Kaira and Interior Minister A Rehman Malik were also present at the ceremony.

via Express Tribune