wah cantt - The 7th anniversary of martyrs of Pakistan Ordnance Factories (POF) was observed yesterday with dignity and honour.

Seventy POF employees had embarrassed martyrdom and 196 others got injured in two suicidal attacks at POF gates on August 21, 2008.

In order to pay tribute to these martyrs, this day is observed in POF every year and a special ceremony is arranged for them. This year too, a simple and impressive function was held in order to pay homage to these martyrs.

Lt Gen Omar Mahmood Hayat, HI(M) Chairman POF Board was the chief guest on this occasion.  He said, “We salute to the pious souls of these POF Shuhadas (martyrs) who laid down their lives for POF and motherland and reaffirmed the pledge that we would not let their great sacrifices to go in waste and make the defence of the motherland invincible.”

The chairman further remarked, “The coward act of the terrorists would not lessen our courage and we would continue to shoulder our responsibilities with courage, dedication and commitment.”

Earlier, the chairman POF Board laid the floral wreath at Yadgar-e-Shuhada and contingent of DSG presented salute at Yadgar-e-Shuhada. 

The chairman POF Board inquired about the problems of the family members of martyrs and assured them to resolve their problems at the earliest. He expressed his continued support and sympathy with them and informed them that POF Administration would continue to provide every possible support to them in future also.

Earlier, Deputy Director Field Admin, Col Muhammad Haseeb Azam in his welcome remarks said that under the guidelines of Chairman POF Board, Shuhada Cell is providing every possible financial aid to the families of martyrs through a transparent system. He added that POF administration is committed to resolving the problems of the families of these martyrs.

A large number of senior civil/military officers and POF employees were present on this occasion.