COAS pays tribute to martyrs in investiture ceremony at GHQ, says their sacrifices won't go to waste

Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa has said Pakistan "owes [its] peace and stability to the selfless devotion and sacrifices" of its martyrs.

He made the comment during an investiture ceremony held at the General Headquarters in Rawalpindi, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement on Tuesday.

Terming the martyrs the real heroes of the country, the army chief said, "there is no cause more noble than laying one's life for defence of motherland and sacrifices of our martyrs won't go [to] waste."

Gen Bajwa conferred awards on army personnel for their acts of bravery during operations and meritorious services rendered to the nation, the ISPR statement said.

Senior army officers, families of those receiving awards, as well as martyrs' families attended the ceremony, it said.

According to the statement, 47 officers were awarded Sitara-i-Imtiaz, while six officers, seven junior commissioned officers (JCOs) and 12 soldiers were awarded Tamgha-i-Basalat.

Medals that were awarded to martyrs were received by their families, it further stated.

Meanwhile, the closing ceremony of the two-week-long Joint Anti-Terrorist Exercise 2021 was held on Monday at the National Counter Terrorism Centre, Pabbi, where the troops from China and Pakistani armed forces took part in the drill.

It was the first military exercise conducted in Pakistan under the ambit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation's Regional Anti Terrorism Structure, said a press release issued by the ISPR.