Youm-e-Fazaiya celebrated to recall victory, sacrifices of our heroes
Pakistan Air Force (PAF) observed September 7 as Martyrs’ Day at all PAF bases throughout the country. A ceremony was also held at Air Headquarters Islamabad, in which PAF Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman, laid wreath and offered ‘Fateha’ at the Martyrs’ Monument, a press release issued by media department of PAF said.
Principal staff officers and a large number of airmen attended the ceremony. The day started with special Dua and Quran Khawani for the Shuhada of 1965 and 1971 wars and those who laid down their lives in action since creation of Pakistan. Addressing on the occasion the air chief said, ‘This day reminds us of the great sacrifices rendered by our great heroes, who took up the challenge and courageously fought against an enemy which was three times the size. While we pay tribute to those gallant air warriors, it is important that we realise the challenges that we face today.
When the enemy understood that a direct confrontation was not the way to fight us, the indirect strategy was adopted, but the entire nation and the armed forces stood up to the challenge. The valiant warriors of PAF along with the brothers of Pakistan Army went through day in and day out to put the enemy to its place,’ he said. The air chief said, ‘the result of our commitment and sacrifices should have been encouragement but we have been blamed for the failures of others. We are very committed to peace in the region and are not ready to take the brunt of others’ fiasco.
We would make sure that the success we have achieved through the sacrifices of so many of our civilian brothers and sisters and security personnel are not put to waste at all. Let me make it very clear to all those surrounding us and those who are not as friendly, do not ever try and venture close to our borders. We are committed to our aerial defence and will react regardless which border it is.’ A similar ceremony was held at Karachi, where a PAF contingent led by Air Officer Commanding, Southern Air Command, Air Vice Marshal Haseeb Paracha offered ‘Fateha’ and laid wreath at the grave of Pilot Officer Rashid Minhas Shaheed (Nishan-e- Haider) on behalf of chief of the air staff. Wreaths were also laid on the graves of PAF Shuhada throughout the country.
Youm-e-Fazaiya is the very important day to celebrate and recall victory and sacrifices of our heroes who had rendered for the cause and safety of the country during 1965 war with our arch enemy India. These words were expressed by the Wing Commander Uzair of the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) on the occasion of Youm-e-Fazaiya in a penal interview on a TV Channel on Thursday. Uzair said ‘our country was in the establishing phase as a nation in the times of the war of 1965 and our enemy attacked on us when our armed forces were not on strong footings’.
He said quality; training and equipment are the basics and motto of Pakistan Air Force and with this spirit in mind we had fought battle of 1965 and sacrificed a lot for the defence of the country. He said every year ‘we do remember our heros, martyrs, and the ghazis who are brilliant examples for us all today’. Replying to a question about families role in armed forces, he said this is part of our culture in all the 3 forces that we do remember precious and valuable families of our shuhadas as we all are like one family and the shuhadhas families are also being invited on all our events and ceremonies to recall their dear ones’ sacrifices added that these families gives us motivation for bearing such great loss for our homeland. Flight Lieutenant Dr Arooj said on the occasion that spirit of patriotism inspired her to join the PAF and serve as a professional doctor there. She said being a PAF doctor is very honourable and demanding job and this is my message for all the girls to pursue this profession as its very appealing nowadays.
Flight Lieutenant Waqas Ahmad in PAF Engineering department said as a youngster ‘we always look up for heroes of the nation and our unsung armed forces heroes are our inspiration to opt for this profession’ . He said our vision gets brighter when ‘we join forces and we have been really inspired by heroes such as Rashid Minhas, M.M. Alam for their services they had rendered for the country added that their charming uniform,style of talk and walk inspired him to join this profession.—APP