PM Shehbaz terms May 9 events ‘tragic’ as govt observes ‘Youm-e-Takreem Shuhada-e-Pakistan’

ISLAMABAD: The government is observing ‘Youm-e-Takreem Shuhada-e-Pakistan’ on Thursday, to pay rich tribute to the martyrs who laid their lives while protecting the motherland and its people.

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif said, “The tragic and heart-rending events of May 9 are a wake-up call for us. We have to identify and expose all such people who want to destroy the foundations of Pakistan”.

In his message to the nation, the premier said, “Today we revive and reiterate our pledge to uphold the honor and respect of our Shuhada. The essence of Pakistan’s existence lies in the spiritual covenant between its people and the martyrs.”

Mentioning the events of May 9 — when violent protests broke out in the country following the arrest of PTI Chairman Imran Khan — the prime minister said that by targeting, desecrating and destroying the monuments of Shuhada, and attacking the very symbols of the State, “the miscreants attacked the idea and identity of Pakistan and gave the enemies of the country reasons to celebrate”.

Earlier this week, Chief of Army Staff General Asim Munir had condemned the attack on military installations and memorials on May 9 as intolerable and announced that tribute would be paid to the country’s martyrs today (May 25).

In remembrance of the courageous heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice, numerous events featuring Quran Khwani and prayers will be organized throughout the country.

These gatherings will serve as a platform for the nation to honor the indomitable spirit and unwavering dedication of the martyrs, hailing from Pakistan Army, Rangers, Frontier Corps, Frontier Constabulary, Police, and other law enforcement agencies, read a statement issued by the government. Several commemorative ceremonies will be held at the martyrs’ memorials to pay tribute to them.

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