ISLAMABAD:The nation, on the eve of Youm-e-Takreem-e-Shuhada-e-Pakistan, has paid rich tributes to the martyrs of Pakistan who rendered ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty for ensuring integrity, sovereignty and honour of the nation and motherland.

The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), in a statement, on Thursday said those, who paid rich tribute to the martyrs include Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, Services Chiefs, retired services’ officers and representatives of civil society.

It said the sacrifices of Shuhada are eternal, will continue to inspire future generations of countrymen and will never be forgotten, irrespective of vicious propaganda by the enemies of Pakistan.

Today is a day for the entire nation to commemorate and honour each and every Shaheed of the Armed Forces, Law Enforcement Agencies and the Civil Society who laid their lives for upholding the very purpose and ideals Pakistan stands for.

“Shuhada e Pakistan are our heroes and a great asset, whose ultimate sacrifices can never be allowed to be demeaned or undermined by anyone.

The ISPR said Pakistani nation takes pride and solemnly pledges to remain deeply indebted to them and their proud families. Shuhada were, are and will continue to be our pride, come what may.

In this regard, the main ceremony was held at General Headquarters in Rawalpindi on Thursday. Chief of Army Staff General Asim Munir visited the martyrs' monument, laid floral wreath and offered fateha. Later, prominent personalities also laid the floral wreath at the martyrs' monument.

These included amongst others the families of martyrs, students, Senior Veterans, the Inspector General Islamabad police, the Director General Anti Narcotics Force, the Regional Police Officer Rawalpindi, the commissioners of Islamabad and Rawalpindi, Cricketers Babar Azam and Muhammad Rizwan and Radio Pakistan's Newscaster Ishrat Fatima.

Meanwhile, in connection with Youm-e-Takreem Shuhada e Pakistan, separate ceremonies were held at Naval and Pakistan Air Force (PAF) Headquarters in Islamabad. At the Naval headquarters, Naval Chief Amjad Khan Niazai laid floral wreath at the martyrs' monument.

At the PAF Headquarters, Air Chief Zaheer Ahmad Babar laid floral wreath at the martyrs' monument. A ceremony was also held at the Joint Staff Headquarters Rawalpindi where floral wreaths were laid at the martyrs' monument.