KASUR/GUJRANWALA/BAHAWALPUR/

HAFIZABAD/SIALKOT/WARBURTUN

Various ceremonies, functions and contests were held in different areas under Martyrs Week to pay tribute to martyred students of Army Public School Peshawar.

Officers of the Police, civil administration, educational institutions and students also renewed the pledge to eliminate terrorism and extremism from the country.

Dignified nations never forget its martyrs, and always remember them for their sacrifices in golden words, DPO Syed Ali Nasir Rizvi said.

He recalled that more than 28 officials of the Kasur Police have laid down their lives in the line of duty so far and the Police proud of them.

He was addressing a ceremony held in connection with Martyrs Week at Kasur Police Lines on Monday.

The district police officer declared that the blood of martyrs is a precious asset to the nation as they laid down their lives for the sovereignty and solidarity of the motherland. “They embraced martyrdom happily but never compromised on the security of the nation and country,” he pointed out, adding that they (martyrs) are the actually the living legends and the entire nation derive inspiration from them. He reiterated his resolve that it is the first and far most priority of the Punjab Police to protect the honour and dignity of the public and always ready to lay their lives in the line of duty.

On the occasion, Kasur DCO Adnan Arshad Aulakh said that on the directives of the Punjab government, the district administration has organised different ceremonies across Kasur district to pay respect and tribute to the martyrs including that of the Punjab Police.

Intelligence Bureau (IB) In-charge Aqeel Ahmed, CTD In-charge Inspector Abdul Waheed, In-charge special branch inspector Ali Aadil, different civil and business personalities, families of martyrs and large number of people from all walks of life attended the ceremony.

During the ceremony, guard of honour was presented to the martyrs of Kasur police. Later, cash and prizes were distributed to the heirs of martyrs.

EDUCATION UNDERSCORED TO ROOT OUT TERRORISM

In Gujranwala, Commissioner Gujranwala Division Shumail Ahmed Khawaja said that the younger generation is very intelligent and full of abilities. What they needs is sincere guidance on the path to success and the teachers should realise their pivotal role in grooming and harnessing the talent of new generation. He was addressing a ceremony held at Divisional Public School to remember the martyred students of APS Peshawar. He said that the struggle against terrorism is continued for many years and after the cowardly attack at APS all the entire nation got united to eliminate the menace from the country. The commissioner emphasised that education is a must for development of both the country and society. He urged the teachers to encourage their students to ask questions for enhancing their knowledge and confidence. Commissioner also visited and inspected stalls of fine arts, arts and crafts and lauded the efforts and abilities of the students. Later, students of DPS staged a play and national songs, highlighting sacrifices of APS Peshawar martyrs.

VARIOUS FUNCTIONS BEING HELD

In Bahawalpur, to pay tribute to the martyrs of Army Public School Peshawar in connection with Martyrs Week, several programs are being organised across Bahawalpur Division which are being supervised by Commissioner Bahawalpur Division Saqib Zafar. In this connection, the Bahawalpur District Sports Department is organizing inter-tehsil and inter-district hockey tournament under the supervision of DCO Bahawalpur Imran Sikandar Balouch. The tournament is being played at Mattiullah Hockey Stadium Bahawalpur from December 13 to 16.

Meanwhile, MPA Fauzia Ayub Qureshi said while speaking at the prize distribution ceremony of a calligraphy competition, said that different programs are being organised under Martyrs Week to pay tribute to the innocent children of APS Peshawar.

She said that it is a national tragedy and the government has been utilising all-out resources to avert the concurrence of any such incident in future. “The nation can never forget the innocent children who lost their lives to the terrorists on 16th of December 2014 at Army Public School Peshawar and we are standing along the families of the victims,” she said.

APS MARTYRS PAID TRIBUTE

In Hafizabad, the District Police observed Youm-e-Shahuhda to commemorate the martyrs of Army Public School Peshawar.

Addressing a gathering at Police Lines, DPO Shaker Hussain Dawar paid glowing tribute to the martyrs and said that the whole nation is proud of their supreme sacrifices. He said that the Police are rendering great services to eliminate terrorists and criminals from the country.

Later, he distributed sewing machines, cash, sweets and other gifts to the widows and children of 15 Shaheed of the district police.

Meanwhile, glowing tributes were paid to the martyrs of APS by the Journalists at the press club Hafizabad and ‘fateh’ was offered. Similar function was held at Darul Aman.

TERRORISM ELIMINATION

LINKED TO EDUCATION

In Sialkot, Additional Punjab Chief Secretary Shumail Ahmed Khawaja stressed on all the segments of society to come forward to ensure access of every child to quality education for better future of the country. The government is striving hard to provide secured educational atmosphere to children at the educational institution, saying that quality education is the basic right of every child in the society.

He stated while addressing the participants of a prestigious ceremony held at village Jessarwala-Daska after inaugurating the project of establishing Divisional Public School (DPS) there.

He inaugurated the construction of Divisional Public School (DPS) being built near Jessarwala-Daska.

Sialkot DCO Dr Asif Tufail, AC Daska Rao Suhail Akhtar, local traders, notables, philanthropists and senior journalists were also present on the occasion.

Shumail Kh said that local traders, notables and philanthropists could also play a vital role in opening the doors of quality education to the children belonging to the poor segment of society through their financial contribution.

On the occasion, DCO Dr Asif Tufail told the newsmen that the DPS is being established on a piece of five acres of land near Jessarwala-Daska at a cost of Rs85 million.

Shumail Kh revealed that early establishment of the Divisional Public Schools (DPSs) is the need of the day. He said that as many as seven new DPSs would be established in Gujranwala Division’s all six Sialkot, Narowal, Gujrat, Mandi Bahaud Din, Hafizabad and Gujranwala districts for promoting quality education at local level.

He said that the divisional administration had already offered local philanthropists, traders and well off people to adopt as many as 250 government primary schools voluntarily. He said that adoption of government schools would help to provide all missing facilities and improve standards of teaching and education.

Later, Shumail Khawaja also inaugurated newly-established blocks of additional classrooms at Govt Postgraduate College of Commerce Sialkot located at the historical Sialkot Fort.

PAINTING CONTEST

REMEMBERS APS MARTYRS

A painting competition among students of high schools and colleges from across district Nankana was to pay tribute and remember the martyrs of Army Public School Peshawar.

More than 30 students from different schools and colleges took part in painting competition, using theme of “Rang Laey ga shaheedon ka lahoo”.

The students prepared their colourful masterpieces wherein they showed solidarity with the martyrs of APS. EDO Education Iftikhar Hassan Butt, DOs - Javed Iqbal Babar, Waqar Ahmad Waheed and Shamim Sohara appreciated the talent and approach of the students.

The local media men also visited painting gallery and appreciated the art work by students. Muhammad Ansar, Muhammad Arif and Abdul Sattar Niazi performed as judges while Javed Ashraf Shooka was the focal person of the competition.

At the end, the EDO Education declared the results. Mehwish Mushtaq, Pak Garrison Girls High School Nankana Sahib, Ayesha Shauban GGHS Nankana Sahib and Muhammad Ali GHS MC Nankana Sahib secured first, second and third positions respectively at secondary level while at college level Shehzal Safdar of Pak Garrson Girls College Nankana Sahib, Amna Rauf, Hera Girls College Nankana Sahib and Qaira, GGHSS Shahkot achieved first, second and third positions respectively.