[News] Commando Laid to Rest in Hunza
October 14, 2009 3 Comments
HUNZA, Oct 13: Commando Mohammad Ayub, who was killed during operation against terrorists at the General Headquarters (GHQ) Rawalpindi, was laid to rest with full military honour in his native village Hyderabad on Tuesday.
Senior civil and military officials besides a large number of citizens participated in the funeral of the personnel of the Special Service Group (SSG). Military and civil officials on behalf of President Asif Zardari, Chief of the Army Staff Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and their regiment laid floral wreaths on his grave.
Earlier, the body of the young commando was brought to Karimabad in an army helicopter. Hundreds of people from all over Hunza and representatives of the local administration received the body.
Moving scenes were witnessed during the funeral as the mother, sisters and other relatives said farewell to Ayub. Talking to the media, his father Mohammad Ismail said that he was proud that of his son’s sacrifices in the war on terror. He said Ayub had followed the footsteps of his grandfather who was “martyred in 1948 during the liberation war of Gilgit-Baltistan”.
Brother the commando, also an armyman who was injured during a military operation against the Taliban in Swat, said that after recovering from the injuries, he would rejoin his regiment and follow the footsteps of his brother. Col Feroz, station commander of the Pakistan Army, said that about 30 soldiers from Gilgit-Baltistan had sacrificed their lives during the Swat operation. He appreciated the sacrifices of the people for the country. source