LAHORE - The provincial police department on Tuesday paid rich tributes to the heroes who lost their lives while fighting terrorists on Lahore’s The Mall exactly one year ago.

Special prayers were held at the police headquarters, training colleges, officers, and local stations on Tuesday morning. Police officers were seen reciting holy Quran amid special prayers for the victims and their families. The martyred officers were presented gun-salute by smart contingents and top police officers visited different graveyards to pay honour to the martyred officers by laying floral wreaths on the monuments.

Lahore DIG Syed Ahmad Mobin and SSP (Operations) Zahid Gondal were among six police who died in the terror attack in front of the Punjab Assembly on February 13, 2017.

Frontline soldiers: Punjab Police Inspector General Arif Nawaz Khan on Tuesday said that officers and officials who sacrificed their lives in the line of duty are “frontline soldiers” and honorable asset of the Punjab police. “The sacrifice proves that Punjab Police is working diligently all the time for providing security to the live and properties of the people. The officers of this force will continue following the footprints of the brave officers who had sacrificed their lives to bring peace in the country,” the police chief said.

He further said that sacrifices of DIG Captain Ahmed Mubin Shaheed, Zahid Mehmood Gondal Shaheed, Asmat Ullah Shaheed and Ameen Shaheed and other Mall road blast martyrs have uplifted the morale of whole force and all the officers are performing their duties with more enthusiasm and passion.

The IGP expressed these views while addressing in a ceremony on the occasion of first anniversary of the Mall Road suicide blast incident at Al-hamra on Tuesday. Lahore CCPO Muhammad Amin Wains, Additional-IG Rai Muhammad Tahir, DIG Sultan Ahmed Chaudhary, Haider Ashraf, SSP Rana Ayaz Saleem, CTO Lahore Rai Ejaz Ahmed, SSP Muntazir Mehdi were also present on this occasion besides a large number of police.

Several activists and religious leaders including Maulana Raghib Naeemi, and Singer Jawad Ahmed were also present on this occasion. Relatives of the police martyrs including mother of Captain Ahmed Mubin Shaheed, father of martyred constables Ghulam Murtaza and Ali Raza and families of other Shuhda also attended the ceremony.

The day started with recitation of Holy Quran at the Police Lines. Later, senior police officers paid visits to the graves of martyrs in different parts of city where guard of honors were also paid to martyrs.

Lahore police chief Muhammad Amin Wains visited the ‘Yadgar-e-Shuhda’ at the Police Lines and recited Fateha for the martyrs.

The IGP further said that he feel proud to be a commander of the Punjab Police since at least 1400 brave officers of this force died in the light of duty.

Lahore capital city police officer Muhammad Amin Wains while addressing the participants said that each and every soldier of Lahore Police is ready to serve the nation till last drop of his blood and Lahore Police have great history of sacrifices and professionalism.

 “History has witness that soldiers of Punjab Police received bullets on their chest and they did not show cowardice while fighting against terrorists and criminals,” the CCPO said. He further said that Police service is not just a job. “We are committed for the completion of a great mission and this mission will continue till the elimination of anti-state elements from of soil,” he said.  Amin Wains also said that welfare and looking after of families of martyrs is the prime responsibility of Lahore police, for which “Welfare Eye Project” is working efficiently and all the families are getting services at their doorstep without any difficulty.

Maulana Raghib Naeemi, DIG Dr Haider Ashraf and other officers also paid rich tributes to the martyred officers and officials of the Punjab Police.