RAWALPINDI, Dec 5 (APP): The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani Saturday re-affirmed that Pakistan Army will defend, protect and preserve Pakistan at all cost. He stated this while expressing his heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families. The Nation, including the Army stands united in sharing their grief. Having met and talked to these families, he praised their exemplary strength of faith at this moment of trial.
This intrinsic strength is a true reflection of the indomitable will and resilience of the Pakistani Nation, he added.
The COAS attended funerals of some of Shaheeds of yesterday’s tragic terrorist attack on a Mosque during Juma Prayers, in which officers, soldiers, elders, children and civilians lost their precious lives. The COAS thanked the Nation for their wholehearted support and sympathy at this hour of grief. This spontaneous and overwhelming show of solidarity by the Nation with the Army is a treasure, which we deeply value and cherish, he said.
“Pakistan is our motherland. It is the bastion of Islam. We live and die for the glory of Islam and Pakistan. Our faith, resolve and pride in our religion and in our country is an asset, which is further reinforced after each terrorist incident,” Gen. Kayani said.
The COAS concluded by reaffirming his conviction in the will of the Pakistani Nation to fight all odds. He stated that Pakistan Army, with the help of people of Pakistan will Inshallah protect and preserve our core values and interests in a dignified and chivalrous manner.
Martyrs to be honoured with awards
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani on Saturday met Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and Chairman Joint Chief of Staff Committee (CJCSC) General Tariq Majeed. Defence Minister Ahmad Mukhtar and Federal Interior Minister Rehman Malik were also present during in the meeting in which attack on Parade Lane mosque was discussed in length, official sources told this news agency. Gilani paid rich tribute to those army officers, jawans and children who lost their lives in Rawalpindi carnage saying the sacrifices being rendered by security forces would not go into vain, said the sources. During the meeting, it was decided that those who were martyred in the Parade Line mosque incident would be honoured and bestowed with military and civil awards while their families will be compensated, sources said. Gilani said the entire nation stood with Pakistan army in this critical time.