Islamabad: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Thursday paid glowing tribute to the families of martyrs and war heroes of the country at an awards ceremony held at the General Headquarters (GHQ) in Rawalpindi.
“No medal can substitute the sacrifices of the martyrs,” said General Bajwa, adding that peace in the country prevails due to the martyrs and war heroes of Pakistan.
During his address, the army chief stressed that the sacrifices of the martyrs should never be forgotten. “Nations that forget the sacrifices of their martyrs fade out [from history],” he said, advising the young officers to always remember the brave officers who laid their lives for the country. The Sitara-e-Imtiaz was conferred on 32 military officers, while four officers and soldiers were awarded the UN Medal.
In the ceremony, where General Bajwa was the chief guest, two officers were awarded the Tamgha-e-Jurat and 33 officers and soldiers were given the Tamgha-e-Basalat. The families of martyrs received awards from the army chief, who paid homage to their sacrifices for the country.