President, army chief honour police on Police Martyrs Day
Countrywide tributes to valiant jawans, officers of Police force who sacrificed their lives for their nation
Special prayers and ceremonies were held to honour policemen who laid down their lives in the line of duty as the country observed Police Martyrs Day on Sunday.
The day is marked every year on August 4, which is the death anniversary of Frontier Constabulary inspector general Safwat Ghayyur, who was martyred in a suicide attack near his office in 2010.
President Arif Alvi, in a statement released today, said that the nation is “indebted to martyrs who laid down their lives for security of the country”.
“Despite difficult situation and limited resources, the police have played an exemplary role in the establishment of peace and protecting the lives of people,” Radio Pakistan quoted him as saying.
Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa also paid tribute to police officers who sacrificed their lives while serving in the force and also expressed solidarity with their families. “Salute to martyrs of Pakistan Police & their families on Police Martyrs Day. Pakistan Police over the years has proved to be a strong professional force. Pakistan Police has made phenomenal contributions alongside other security forces in counter terrorism operations,” Inter-Services Public Relations’ official Twitter account quoted him as saying.
Interior Minister Ijaz Shah lauded the services of the martyred police officers and said their sacrifices are “testimony to the fact that Pakistan is in safe hands”.
“Police [are] always ready to lay down their lives for dignity and survival of the country,” Shah added.
Special events and vigils were held in all provincial capitals, where police chiefs and government officials paid tributes to the martyrs for their efforts to combat terrorism and ensure peace and security of the people.
Meanwhile, a ceremony was held in Islamabad Police Line to pay tributes to the police’s martyrs.
Inspector General of Police (IGP) Islamabad Muhammad Aamir Zulfiqar Khan while addressing the ceremony commemorated all police martyrs who sacrificed their lives in the line of duty and for better as well as peaceful future of the nation.
Families of Martyred policemen were especially invited in the ceremony DIG Security Waqar Ahmad Chohan, DIG (Operation) Waqar ud Din Syed, DIG (Headquarter) Muhammad Saleem, all SSPs, SPs, DSPs were also present on the occasion.
The IGP Islamabad laid floral wreath at Police Martyrs’ Monument and paid tributes to the sons of soil who sacrificed their lives for bright future of the next generation. Islamabad Police Chief Muhammad Aamir Zulfiqar Khan said the courageous role played by the police in the capital had won hearts of people as the brave custodians of law and order prevented many mishaps by timely action against the mischievous elements. He said that as many as 42 police officers and Jawans of the capital embraced martyrdom in line of duty.
Islamabad police martyrs wrote golden chapter with their blood and their Names would be remembered forever due to their great sacrifices, he added.
The IGP said that Police like our armed forces is fighting against the menace of terrorism and Islamabad police have rendered many sacrifices in war against terrorism while its personnel averted many threats with courage and even sacrificed their lives in the line of duty.”We are proud of martyrs of Islamabad police who have written golden chapter with their blood and ensured protection to the lives and property of the citizens,” he added.He said that I am very thankful to the Prime Minister of Pakistan for approval of shuhada package.
The IGP reiterated that the Govt of Pakistan is committed to provide every facility to the families of martyred personnel while jobs and other privileges were also awarded to the family members.