Dr Arif Alvi President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan Message on the occasion of Martyrs Reverence Day on 25 may 2023

Today we observe Martyrs Reverence Day to pay tribute to the unprecedented courage and sacrifices of our ancestors and personnel of our security forces who have rendered great sacrifices for the motherland. The nation owes to the heroism and sacrifices offered by the jawans and officers of our Armed Forces, including Pakistan Army, Rangers, Air Force, Navy, Police, and other security institutions that made Pakistan’s defence impregnable. The integrity and security of our country would not have been possible without their valuable services.

The entire nation is proud of our valiant martyrs who displayed the spirit of patriotism and fearlessness in testing times throughout our history. Apart from defending the frontiers of the country, our security forces successfully defeated the menace of terrorism. Pakistan single-handedly contained the scourge of terrorism due to the bravery and sacrifices of its forces. We should not forget that even during natural calamities and pandemics, our security forces stood shoulder to shoulder with their people and provided timely relief and assistance to their fellow countrymen.

Being the President of Pakistan, I regularly contact the families of the martyrs to pay homage and convey my feelings for the them. During my interactions with them, I feel proud over their spirt of patriotism towards the motherland. The entire nation acknowledges their contributions towards the defence of the nation and salutes them for laying down their lives for the motherland.

Pakistan is facing various challenges, and we need to forge unity among our ranks to overcome the challenges being faced by the country. Let us pledge on this day that we will never forget our valiant martyrs and reiterate our commitment to always honour them and express our undying love for these brave sons and daughters of the nation. Pakistan Paindabad!