PAF determined to defend Pakistan KARACHI: Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman, Chief of the Air Staff, Pakistan Air Force, on Sunday said the war needed courage and determination, not just weapons for a soldier to fight against enemy.
“Great nations always remember their heroes and rekindle their memories to act as hope for the generations to come,” said the PAF chief after inaugurating the Martyrs Monument at the PAF Museum in Karachi.
“The martyrs have sacrificed their lives while defending the motherland and the entire nation acknowledged their sacrifices and were proud of their feats.”
He said the monument would play a huge role in informing the younger generations about their history and their heroes who fought to defend their country.
“The martyrs, through their historic feats, have made all of us responsible to follow in their footprints,” said the air chief.
“The monument is a sincere effort to pay tribute and commemorate the sacrifices of martyrs of 1965’ and 1971’ wars, and a symbol of remembrance which will serve as a beacon of light for posterity.
“Each name engraved on this monument is a complete chapter of history in itself, full of glory and the supreme sacrifices made by our heroes.
“Every soldier of the PAF keenly desires to follow the path of the martyrs. PAF will always hold Pakistan’s flag high,” he said.
War veterans, retired and serving PAF officers and family members of those who killed in action participated in the ceremony.
The mother of Rashid Minhas, Nishan-i-Haider, was among the prominent people who attended the programme.
The air chief laid a wreath at the monument and offered Fateha for those who killed in the 1965 and 1971 wars.