Youm-e-Takreem Shuhada-e-Pakistan: ‘May 9 events sad, condemnable’, COAS in address to martyrs’ families

News Desk
Friday, May 26, 2023

RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Asim Munir said on Thursday that whatever happened on May 9 — the day when violent protests gripped the country following the arrest of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan — was very sad and condemnable.

His comments came during his visit to the Police Lines Headquarters in Islamabad on the occasion of Youm-e-Takreem Shuhada-e-Pakistan (Martyrs Reverence Day) to remember and pay rich tribute to the martyrs who laid their lives while defending the motherland and its people.

The nation observed Youm-e-Takreem Shuhada-e-Pakistan on Thursday to remember and pay rich tribute to the martyrs who laid their lives while defending the motherland and its people. The main event was held at the General Headquarters (GHQ), Rawalpindi, with Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Asim Munir as the chief guest. During the ceremony, rich tributes were paid to the martyrs and prominent personalities laid flowers at the martyrs’ monument.

Those who attended the ceremony included former army chief Gen (retd) Qamar Javed Bajwa, former chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee Gen (retd) Nadeem Raza, Pakistan cricket team captain Babar Azam and Mufti Muneeb-ur-Rehman.Numerous events featuring Quran recitation and prayers were organised across the country. Besides, several commemorative ceremonies were held at the martyrs’ memorials.

After the ceremony, the Army chief met the school students and children of martyrs present on the occasion. He said the Pakistan Army was the heir of all children of martyrs. Thanks to the eternal sacrifices of the martyrs, army’s relationship with them was ideal and eternal, he added.

He pledged on behalf of the armed forces that the army would always stand on their side.In his message on the occasion, President Arif Alvi said the entire nation was proud of its valiant martyrs who displayed the spirit of patriotism and fearlessness in testing times throughout history.

“The nation owes to the heroism and sacrifices offered by the jawans (soldiers) and officers of our armed forces — Pakistan Army, rangers, air force, navy, police, and other security institutions—that made Pakistan’s defence impregnable,” a press release issued by President Secretariat Press Wing stated.

The President acknowledged the armed forces’ services for crushing the menace of terrorism and assisting the fellow countrymen during natural calamities and pandemic.“Let us pledge on this day that we will never forget our valiant martyrs and reiterate our commitment to always honour them and express our undying love for these brave sons and daughters of the nation,” the statement added.

In his message, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif urged the people, especially the children, to visit monuments and graves of martyrs and shower flowers on them as a sign of affection and respect. He said Pakistan should show the world that it is a nation that holds its martyrs in veneration and affection.He said Martyrs Reverence Day was being observed to pay glowing tribute to the heroes and express unflinching solidarity with their families.

In a detailed tweet, PM Sharif regretted and condemned the May 9 violence and desecration of martyrs’ monuments, saying the incidents gave the enemy a reason to celebrate.“Our nation knows how to protect the honour of their martyrs. [...] Today we revive and reiterate our pledge to uphold the honour and respect of our Shuhada (martyrs). The essence of Pakistan’s existence lies in the spiritual covenant between its people and the martyrs,” PM Sharif wrote on Twitter.

Separately, the chairman joint chiefs of staff committee, tri-services chiefs, retired services officers and representatives of civil society also paid tributes to martyrs of Pakistan, a statement released by Inter-Services Public Relations said.

They said the sacrifices of the martyrs were eternal and will continue to inspire future generations of countrymen.“These sacrifices will never be forgotten, irrespective of vicious propaganda by the enemies of Pakistan,” it added.