TIMERGARA: The General Officer Commanding Malakand region Major General Ijaz Ali Mirza on Friday announced that militants returning back from Afghanistan would be pardoned if they willfully surrender to the government and pass through legal actions.
The GOC was addressing a function on the eve of Pakistan Defense Day at the Dir Scouts fort as chief guest. The commandant Dir Task Force colonel Shehzadamir, DC Lower DirSaadat Hassan, DPO ArifShahbazWazir, MPAs Malik Shafiullah, Malik Liaqat Ali, Humayun Khan, former MPA BakhtBaidar Khan, area elders, civil and military officers attended the function.
Earlier, students of the Frontier Corps Model School and College presented tableaus, songs and speeches paying tributes to martyrs.
The GOC said that militants who fled to Afghanistan would be pardoned on their return subject to their surrender and legal formalities.
He said that foundation of the country had blood of thousands of people in it due which over 220 million people were now breathing freely. The GOC said that Sep, 6th had great importance in the history of Pakistan when the Pakistan forces defeated enemy of the country and defeated the state. He termed India as a cunning and coward enemy. The officer said that the enemy had been hitching conspiracy to divide Pakistanis on the name of religion, caste, creed and sects but the nation would not let it succeed. “Pakistan is an atomic country and its defense is in iron hands,” the GOC said, adding the Pakistan army had full support of its public.
He said that lasting peace had been restored in parts of Malakand division and there had been no place for militants on this soil. He said that 80,000 people lost lives during the war against terrorism in the country. The GOC said the militants had torched 170 schools in Malakand while 250 more were partially damaged. He said the damaged schools had been reconstructed and rehabilitated. He said that life was in full gloom now in all parts of Malakand division.
The GOC along with other civil and military officers laid floral wreaths on ‘Yadgar e Shuhada’ and offered fateha for the departed souls.
Also in the day the Pakistan defense day and Kashmir solidarity day was observed in parts of the Lower Dir. Different functions were held by the district administration, private and government schools.
The district administration arranged the Kashmir solidarity walk which was led by deputy commissioner Saadat Hassan and MPA Shafiullah Khan. The participants were carrying banners and placards inscribed with slogans in favour of Kashmiri Muslims. People from different walks of life participated in the walk.
A function was arranged at the district council hall. Speaking on the occasion the speakers condemned the atrocities of Indian forces in the Indian Occupied Kashmir. They demanded of the UNO and world powers to break their silence on Kashmir issue and get rid the innocent Kashmiris of the Indian clutches.