LANDI KOTAL: Like elsewhere in the country, the 53 Defense Day was observed on Thursday with zeal and enthusiasm in Khyber to pay tribute to the martyrs of 1965 war. The day was dawned with special prayer offered after the Fajr pray in mosques for the progress and prosperity of the country.
In this connection number of programs had been initiated in various parts of Khyber. In Landi Kotal, a sample but impressive gathering was organized in forces cantonment that was attended by relatives of martyrs, tribal elders, administration officials beside large number of forces officials.
Lieutenant Col. Shahid Khan Niazi who was the chief guest on the occasion laid floral wrath on the monument of martyrs. Students of Khyber Rifles School presented national songs and tableaus that amused the audience. Relatives of martyrs and general masses also visited the martyrs monument, placed floral wrath on it and offered Fatiha for the departed souls. At the end prizes and gifts were gave away to the heirs of the martyrs.
Similarly, a program was arranged under the auspices of Sindh Regiment at Bar-Bagh, Kamber Khel area of Tirah Valley of Bara sub-division in which Member National Assembly (MNA)NA-44 Iqbal Afridi was the chief guest. Brigadier Sheryar Quershi beside large number of local tribal, schools students’ forces and administration officials were among the participants.
Addressing on the occasion MNA Iqbal Afridi paid great respect and homage to those who laid down their lives for the sake of the motherland. He urged the people to prefer the national interest over personal one and work hard for the prosperity of the country.