Great nations always remember their martyrs: DG ISPR

Gen Asif Ghafoor urges compatriots to visit martyrs’ families today on Defence Day

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ISLAMABAD: Director General of Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asif Ghafoor on Thursday said national courage is must for country’s defence. He said great nations always remember their martyrs. He requested all Pakistanis to reach out families of those who lost their lives in the line of duty.

Talking news channel here, ISPR DG said Kashmir has become an international issue now because of Modi. He said Pakistan has sacrificed more than 81000 lives in fight against terrorism. Major General Asif Ghafoor said he has already briefed that we know how to fight, adding that the incumbent government is active on diplomatic front to beat Indian moves on Occupied Kashmir. He said Pakistan Army is standing with Kashmiris from last 72 years and will support them till they get freedom.

He said Pak army has a keen eye on LoC situation and a reply like given on February 27 would be given if India tried a mistake again. He said Pakistan and Pakistani forces have no comparison with others. We are proud of our institute, he said.

He said ceremony for September 6 would be held at GHQ and public is requested to watch it. He said PM Imran Khan has praised Pak Army for taking care of martyred families and major part of our welfare funds goes to martyr families. DG hailed Punjab University VC’s announcement of free education for martyr families.

He also urged the masses to visit the families of servicemen who laid down their lives for the country’s defence on the occasion of Defence Day to be marked on September 6 today (Friday). He said patriotism is indispensable for the country’s defence and the nation has given great sacrifices in war on terror.

Gen Ghafoor added more than 81,000 lives had been sacrificed in the country’s fight to eliminate the scourge of terrorism. To look after the families of martyrs is the first responsibility of the Pakistan military that bears all their expenses, including those of their children, without any discrimination, he said. About the Kashmir crisis, Gen Ghafoor said world powers from London to Sri Lanka stand by Pakistan on the issue.

Kashmir has now become a global issue because of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s belligerent attitude against the people of the disputed region, he said, adding the government is vigorously fighting the Kashmir case on the diplomatic front to frustrate Indian moves in regards to the held region.

The general said the Pakistan army has been supporting the Kashmiris for the last 72 years and will continue to do so until they get freedom. He said the military has been keeping a watchful eye on the LoC, which frequently experience ceasefire violations by Indian forces. Gen Ghafoor said the army’s main ceremony to mark Defence Day would be held at the General Headquarters.

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