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SSG man from Hunza killed in GHQ operation laid to rest

Posted by Gilgit Tribune on October 14, 2009

By GB Tribune Report

HUNZA, Oct 14: Muhammad Ayub of the Zarar Company of Special Service Group (SSG) of the Army who laid down his life during operation against terrorists at General Headquarters (GHQ) in garrison city of Rawalpindi on Saturday last, was laid to rest amid hundreds of mourners in his native village Hyderabad here on Tuesday.

Muhammad Ismail, father of Muhammad Ayub lays floral wreath on the coffin of his son.

Muhammad Ismail, father of Muhammad Ayub lays floral wreath on the coffin of his son.

Civil and military officials beside a large number of people from surrounding towns and villages participated in the funeral of the martyred. Moving scenes were witnessed during the funeral. The mother and sisters and relatives of the commando wept and prayed for the departed soul.

Floral wreaths on behalf of President Asif Zardari and Chief of the Army Staff Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani were laid on his grave.

The coffin was brought to Karimabad in an army helicopter.

Addressing a big gathering, speakers praised the bravery of the young commando and said that he had added a new chapter in the history of bravery of the people of Hunza while serving the country and fighting the extremists.

Talking to local mediapersons Ayub’s father, Hawaldar (retired) Muhammad Ismail said he was proud of his son and lucky that his son had embraced martyrdom while defending the motherland.

He said Ayub had followed the footsteps of his grandfather who was also martyred in 1948 during Gilgit-Baltistan’s liberation war.

Ayub’s brother, who was also injured during military operation against Swat Taliban recently, vowed to rejoin his regiment and follow the footsteps of his elder brother after recovering from the injuries.

People offer fateha after funeral prayers of Muhammad Ayub at Hyderabad Hunza on Tuesday.

People offer fateha after funeral prayers of Muhammad Ayub at Hyderabad Hunza on Tuesday.

Col Feroz, Station Commander, Pakistan Army, said that about 30 soldiers from Gilgit-Baltistan have sacrificed their lives during the Swat operation. His heart is with the families of the killed jawans, he added.

Dr Inamullah Baig on behalf of the bereaved family thanked the Army and the Government of Pakistan for bringing the body of the young commando to Hunza. He said the people of Hunza had always been and would remain on the front line to defend the country.

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