KARACHI - A simple but impressive ceremony was held to pay homage to the martyrs of Pakistan Army.  Corps Commander Lt Gen Muhammad Ijaz Chaudhry laid a wreath at the Yadgar-e-Shuhada and offered fateha. A smartly turned out guard presented salute. Also present at the occasion were the families of Shuhada, officers and men of Pakistan Army and civil dignitaries.The Corps Commander while speaking on the occasion paid rich tribute to Pakistan Army and the Shuhada for rendering ultimate sacrifice for the Nation. He said that the Pakistan Army always rise to the occasion; be it guarding the frontiers, helping and protecting the precious lives during various natural calamities and clearing the society off the menace of terrorism.The day long celebrations started with Quran Khawani and special prayers for the Shuhada, preservation of sovereignty and solidarity of the motherland in the unit mosques after Fajr prayers.  It is worth mentioning here that 30th April has been declared as Youm-e-Shuhada to pay collective homage to the great sons of the motherland, who have sacrificed their today for our tomorrow. Similar ceremonies were also arranged at Hyderabad and Pano Aqil garrisons.