MUZAFFARABAD: Naik Ghulam Rasool, who was killed from cross-border firing by Indian forces in Bhimber sector along the Line of Control (LoC), was laid to rest on Tuesday.
He was buried in his ancestral graveyard in Hattianbala, some 60 kilometers from Muzaffarabad, the capital of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).
The valiant soldier Naik Rasool along with Naik Imran Zafar and Sepoy Imam Bukhsh had been injured in unprovoked cross border firing and succumbed to their injuries on Monday.
Hundreds of people attended the funeral prayers of Naik Rasool in his native village Nard Dajyan Chinari.
Apart from his friends and relatives, senior military and civil officials and hundreds of villagers also attended his funeral.
Shaheed Naik was accorded full military honours and a floral wreath on behalf of Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javid Bajwa was laid on his grave. A smartly dressed contingent of Pakistan army also paid salute to the soldier.
Following the funeral prayers, people raised slogans in favour of Pakistan army and Pakistan while condemning India.
Naik Rasool is survived by his parents, two wives, two sons, four sisters and two brothers.
“The whole family is proud of our brother who on the call of duty sacrificed his life to defend the country. We will continue to serve and defend Pakistan till the last drop of blood. Pakistan army is in our blood,” said family members of the soldier.
Meanwhile, AJK President Sardar Masood Khan also paid glowing tributes to soldier, stating that continuous ceasefire violations along the LoC and Working Boundary was a threat to South Asian peace.
Published in The Express Tribune, February 15th, 2017.