In a solemn observance of the national Youm-e-Takreem Shuhada-e-Pakistan (Martyrs Reverence Day), Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif delivered an impassioned address, referencing the disconcerting events of May 9. The Prime Minister expressed his sentiments on Twitter, offering profound tributes to the nation’s martyrs and reiterating unwavering support for their kin.
Sharif suggested that the May 9 occurrences weren’t simply a violent protest, but a sinisterly contrived strategy. He expressed his disconcertion at the incidents, which left the country in shock and disbelief, reflecting on the extent some individuals would go for power.
Drawing a poignant picture, Sharif criticized the destruction of Shuhada’s monuments and attacks on state symbols. He condemned these acts as attacks on Pakistan’s ethos and identity, giving adversaries a reason for mirth.
Reflecting on the events of May 9, the Prime Minister framed them as a crucial warning. He stressed the importance of distinguishing between those committed to fortifying Pakistan and those seeking to debilitate it.
Shehbaz Sharif, during his remarks on Martyrs Reverence Day, asserted the nation’s pledge to preserve the honour of its fallen heroes. “Pakistan’s existence is interwoven with a spiritual covenant between its populace and the martyrs. The blood of these martyrs is the bedrock upon which Pakistan was built, a marvel of the 20th century,” he declared.
The countrywide observance of Youm-e-Takreem Shuhada-e-Pakistan honored those who gave their lives for the country’s protection. A ceremony at the Yadgar-e-Shuhada (memorial for martyrs) at the Army’s General Headquarters (GHQ) was attended by the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Asim Munir, former COAS Gen (retd) Qamar Javed Bajwa, and others. The event, which began with the arrival of Gen Munir, included Quran recitations and a speech celebrating the martyrs’ memory.
Nationwide, the day was marked by various events, including Quran recitations and prayers, honouring the brave souls from the Pakistan Army, Rangers, Frontier Corps, Frontier Constabulary, police, and other law enforcement agencies.
On the eve of the Martyrs Reverence Day, President Dr Arif Alvi also expressed his respect and gratitude for the sacrifices made by Pakistan’s security forces. He emphasized the role of these forces in making Pakistan’s defense invincible and in battling terrorism. He also commended the forces’ efforts in responding to natural calamities and pandemics, offering timely aid to their fellow citizens.
As the nation commemorates its martyrs, the statements by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and President Alvi serve as reminders of the courage and sacrifice of these brave individuals, urging Pakistan to remain vigilant and united in the face of future challenges.