The entire nation stood shoulder to shoulder with the defenders of the motherland in paying its tribute to the Shuhada on April 30, 2014. People all over the country and from all walks of life held rallies to show their support for the armed forces. General Raheel Sharif’s address on the occasion was hailed by all as forthright, full of resolve and commitment and highly reassuring.

However, the absence of both the Chief Executive of the country and the President was conspicuous. The PM was away on a visit to the United Kingdom and the President had something more important to tend to in Karachi. They could have, at least sent their military secretaries to represent them. A floral wreath each from the PM and the President placed at the memorial by their Military Secretaries on behalf of them would have been appropriate.

It gave an impression that the PM did not care to remember the troops and their sacrifices, and would have gone a long way in assuring the entire nation that the civil and military rulers were on the same page.

COL. RIAZ JAFRI (RETD),

Rawalpindi, May 4.