Provincial Minister for Information & Culture Mian Aslam Iqbal has said that martyrs are the pride of the whole nation and we pay tributes to all those mothers who send their sons to borders for the defence of the country. The peace and tranquility in Pakistan is the result of sacrifices rendered by brave martyrs and ghazis. He expressed these views while addressing a ceremony at Alhamra Hall in memory of martyrs and ghazis, here today. Mian Aslam Iqbal said that proud nations never forget their martyrs.
There is a need to constantly remind the youth about the great sacrifices rendered by martyrs for the country. The enemy should not miscalculate our abilities; we do want peace but would prefer to die bravely instead of showing any cowardice. The ongoing situation in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK) demands that we should be ready for sacrificing everything.
Those who do not love their country have no right to live and we are always ready to sacrifice everything for the country, he added. Lt. Gen. Dr. Sohail Abbas Jafferi, Maj. Gen. Shafiq Ahmed, Shahad Rafiq, Aziz Sheikh, Kaleem Ahmad, Ghulam Murtaza Ejaz and Samreen Shehzad also addressed the function. Later, the minister distributed medals among the persons showing best performance in different walks of life.
A delegation of cars dealers association called on Mian Aslam Iqbal. The minister assured them that their genuine reservations will be removed along with protecting the interests of the business community. Pakistan is facing a difficult economic situation and it is a collective responsibility that everyone should play his role in strengthening economy and increase in national revenues.
Meanwhile, Mian Aslam Iqbal also attended Kashmir bike rally at Qaddafi Stadium. He appreciated the efforts of Tourism Development Corporation of Punjab and other departments. He added that plight of oppressed Kashmiris should be projected at a large scale so that the international community could fully understand the grave violations of human rights in IOK.