With honour: Lt Yasir Abbas laid to rest

Published: May 24, 2011
Lieutenant Yasir Abbas. FILE PHOTO

Lieutenant Yasir Abbas. FILE PHOTO

LAHORE: The funeral of Pakistan Navy Lieutenant Yasir Abbas who was martyred in the terrorist attack on PNS Mehran in Karachi, has been offered in Lahore, Tuesday.

Abbas was among the first to encounter the terrorists raiding the base. Interior minister Rehman Malik said Abbas’ brave efforts saved lives and vital military assets in the operation.

Governor Punjab Latif Khosa, Lahore Corps Commander Lieutenant General Rashid mehmood, Navy Station Commander Akbar Naqi and Deputy Speaker of Punjab Assembly Rana Mash-hud attended the funeral prayers.

Abbas’ body arrived in Lahore on Monday night on a C-130 aircraft, and was later shifted to the hospital.

Defence Secretary Azhar Ali Khan and Former D-G Rangers Yaqoob Ali Khan handed over Abbas’ body to his father, Retired Lieutenant Colonel Jaffar Abbas.

Abbas has been buried at the Cavalry Grounds graveyard with full military honours.

Online, dozens of Facebook pages have been created to honour Abbas’ valour in the line of duty.

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Reader Comments (69)

  • D. Powers
    May 24, 2011 - 3:28PM

    How many more Yasirs will lay down their lives at the hands of our own “strategic assets” ? How many more Yasirs’ blood is needed for our military strategists to shun their policy of nurturing criminals? Recommend

  • M Ali Khan
    May 24, 2011 - 3:46PM

    Yasir died at the hands of our military establishment’s own self-created monsters!

    Yet all we can do is close our eyes and blame India, Mosad, CIA, Shiv Sena, Illuminati instead of the Taliban!!!Recommend

  • Pink-
    May 24, 2011 - 3:48PM

    Rest in peace bro.
    Respect! Recommend

  • ayesha
    May 24, 2011 - 3:52PM

    I salute you!
    Rest in peace, brother!Recommend

  • Yasir
    May 24, 2011 - 4:22PM

    Lt Yasir – A man with lion´s heart. Who knew much more about Dignity and Honor than the ones sitting in the top ranks of Gov and Establishment.Recommend

  • Raza Wasti
    May 24, 2011 - 4:55PM

    We proud of you……………… Recommend

  • Syed naqvi
    May 24, 2011 - 4:55PM

    We salute u bro and other shaheed died in this incident. Recommend

  • ASQ
    May 24, 2011 - 5:20PM

    its really heartbreaking to see all this but at least every security officer got buried with full military honours!What about 30000 plus civilians being dead in this WOT no honours for them??or is there life less valuable???Recommend

  • Stone Age
    May 24, 2011 - 5:33PM

    We Salute you and other shaheed………Recommend

  • Abu Bakar Fayyaz
    May 24, 2011 - 5:36PM

    I’m proud of Lt Yasir Iqbal who served his life for the sake of his country. I salute for his bravery & i also salute the parents who gave birth to him.
    I’m really proud of you my bro. May your soul rest in peace.Recommend

  • Q
    May 24, 2011 - 5:44PM

    Rest in peace brother. You will live long in the hearts and minds of people.Recommend

  • Syed Mubashir Ahmad
    May 24, 2011 - 6:13PM


    When I saw the photograph of Yasir, I recalled the above song by Madam Noor Jahan.
    This young soldier of Pakistan and thousands of others have sacrificed their lives on the so called ‘War against Terrorism”.

    Will anybody will point it out why this war was started?
    Is any of our leaders responsible for a blunder resulting thousands of these young Shaheeds?
    Are we fighting our war?

    We the people of Pakistan are not ready to sacrifice our ‘Putters’ any more.

    Stop this NOW!!!Recommend

  • Badshah
    May 24, 2011 - 6:17PM

    Pakistani government is likely to announce Tamgha-e-Basalat for Shaheed lt. Yaser Abbas, it would be absolutely digusting and preposterous if that happened!
    Tamgha-e-Basalat is the second highest award for Excellence & Courage (operations other than war) after Sitara-e-Basalat. Are not we at war with terrorists! Do we still need to inform our generals that we are at war with the enemies of Pakistan!!! Then why an award which is given for operations other than war?
    On the other hand the Nishan-i-Haider is the highest military award given by Pakistan. It is awarded “to those who have performed acts of greatest heroism or most conspicuous courage in circumstances of extreme danger and have shown bravery of the highest order or devotion to the country, in the presence of the enemy on land, at sea or in the air!
    If the attackers on PNS Mehran were not thieves, robbers or dacoits then who were they! Were not they enemies of Pakistan! Our generals and leaders are still reluctant to recognise the attackers on PNS Mehran as enemies of Pakistan, therefore, they are also reluctant in announcing Nishan-e-Haider for Lt. Yaser!
    Or they simply want to keep Pakistan Navy deprived of “Nishan-e-Haider”!!Recommend

  • moeed
    May 24, 2011 - 6:23PM

    salute to the real hero of pakistanRecommend

  • Farooq
    May 24, 2011 - 6:30PM

    You full filled the promise/commitment you made to this motherland with your blood, what more can one sacrifice.. Thank You …… RIP in Jannah .. AmeenRecommend

  • Sam
    May 24, 2011 - 6:44PM

    How difficult is it just to pay tribute to this boy????

    RIP Yasir. Recommend

  • Chilli
    May 24, 2011 - 6:48PM

    We are being trapped by our enemies from every side. The wrong steps of Pervez Musharaf cost Pakistan too much. Please tell him not to come to Pakistan as you already damaged Army and People of Pakistan by selling them to US. CIA Raw and Moosad seems having party in Pakistan.

    Such young and energetic officers being killed not in battle field but fighting millitants inside. We should seriously analyse security arrangements in our country as Army was exposed recently as an ill prepared force. Comprehensive study of security arrangements needed as we are still living in stone age.Recommend

  • Nabeel
    May 24, 2011 - 7:56PM

    Must we bring stupid politics here?!

    Least said, Lt Yasir died for the land he served and loved – PERIOD!

    I, as a Pakistani, am proud of my Yasirs, Merajs, Lalak Jans etc etc. They are my heros and to make cheap political points on their shahadat – la’nat hai un sab par…Recommend

  • A patriot
    May 24, 2011 - 8:01PM

    It’s time 4 unity. Cia’s fightng its proxy war against pakistan, and we are still fightng bw ourselves.Recommend

  • Tamoor
    May 24, 2011 - 8:08PM

    I salute u & I m very proud of u and ur all family.U r hero of our nation.
    shaheed kabbi marta nahi …Recommend

    May 24, 2011 - 8:10PM

    Reset in peace my brother…. & You are Alive as Quran said..Recommend

  • waseem Ashraf
    May 24, 2011 - 9:09PM

    great job by yasir Recommend

  • Tahir
    May 24, 2011 - 9:23PM

    I salute the young and brave martyr, and salute the parents. Recommend

  • Diya
    May 24, 2011 - 10:18PM

    V Salute u lt. U hav done wat v r not able 2 even thnk abt.u’ll always be in our hearts.come on Pakistani’s plzzz it’s tym 2 wakeup.Recommend

  • indian hindu
    May 24, 2011 - 10:34PM

    my condolences to family of ur martyr.
    i also feel pain that such a beautiful young man has to die so early.
    pak has to think a lot and should come out with a strategy to prevent such things.
    may god help u……Recommend

  • Massileaks
    May 24, 2011 - 11:58PM

    We will only honour our shaheed if we get out on streets and get rid of the corrupt political and military leader. Wake up for god sake!

    Look at Tunisia and Egpyt, they got rid of their 30-40 years old corrupt leader. We can do it too. Please save this country. Recommend

  • Hassan Naqvi
    May 25, 2011 - 12:26AM

    I’m totally speechless after watching such lively pictures of Lt. Yaseer Abbas, indeed shahadat is a great honor for a momin but it is extremely sad that we’re losing such brilliant guys because of our hypocritical policies of supporting Afghan/Kashmir Jihad. We still have black sheep in Govt., Army and establishment who’re providing a helping hand for such barbaric militants. We still have a no. of people with the mentality that TTP/LeJ/LeT/Alqaeda are doing Jihad for bringing Islamic revolution in the world.

    We need to wake up against such oppression by unity. Recommend

  • Humayun
    May 25, 2011 - 1:25AM

    With all due respect, why arent we paying a homage to the other 9 security officials who were martyred? No one even know their names or maybe because they were JCO’s Airmen etc?Recommend

  • Saad H
    May 25, 2011 - 3:07AM

    Rest in Peace, may Allah give his family patience.Recommend

  • maestro
    May 25, 2011 - 3:11AM

    Rest in Peace o brave soldier! May our leaders learn from your sacrifice! We are proud of you. Recommend

  • May 25, 2011 - 6:12AM

    How can Rehman Malik present such a farcical account of something so serious!
    Check this out


  • Maria
    May 25, 2011 - 8:25AM

    @M Ali Khan: No Yasir died defending his nation and her honour from criminals and terrorists who are being supported by our enemies including India. His life was not lost in vain and he deserves every honour and the respect of a grateful nation. I am sure the last thing he would want to hear is someone demeaning the Pakistan military including navy.Recommend

  • Durehina
    May 25, 2011 - 9:42AM

    RIP LT Yasir Abbas. You was a brave heartRecommend

  • goggi
    May 25, 2011 - 10:11AM

    Respectfully we bow to the parents of Yassir who gave birth to such a handsome and lion-hearted boy. Our heartily condolences! It is a very painful situation for the whole country.Recommend

  • Ali
    May 25, 2011 - 10:17AM

    My salute to all those who gave their lives for saving Pakistan
    Yasir we will remember you Recommend

  • tamy
    May 25, 2011 - 10:21AM

    Rest In Peace – Yasir. May Allah give his family patience! We thank armed forces for saving this country. Recommend

  • sk ali
    May 25, 2011 - 10:23AM

    yasir bhai we love you,,,,,and you deserve NISHANAI HAIDERRecommend

  • Zabi Ullah Faizi
    May 25, 2011 - 1:22PM

    May Allah Bless U & Ur Family AMEEEEEEEEENRecommend

  • May 25, 2011 - 1:53PM

    shameful that the pak army is still supporting Taliban and ban outfitsRecommend

  • Bushra
    May 25, 2011 - 2:02PM

    Rest in peace bro. We are proud of you. I’m so sad at all this.Recommend

  • May 25, 2011 - 4:23PM

    may allah bless u he is the hero of pakistanRecommend

  • adnanbinraza@hotmail.com
    May 25, 2011 - 4:34PM

    Did u all forget that at the time of attack he was talking to him mom.at that time he was on duty.isnt it professional negligence.Recommend

  • sobia khan
    May 25, 2011 - 6:49PM

    we also proud to be him, and proud to pakistan….Recommend

  • samia rizwan
    May 25, 2011 - 7:22PM

    may ur soul rest in peaceRecommend

  • Waqas Rasool
    May 25, 2011 - 9:20PM

    I wish I can do anything like this for my country! Recommend

  • rashid mahmoood
    May 25, 2011 - 9:20PM

    we are all proud of u….. but please remember all other yasir’s coligues who were in operation of air base…. they are also deserving my friends…..Recommend

  • Hello Dawn
    May 25, 2011 - 10:28PM

    As long as brave soldiers like Yasir are there, no ill thought dares to touch the pious soil of our beloved land. RIP!!Recommend

  • Abdullah
    May 25, 2011 - 11:15PM

    my date of birth is 15/07/1987 and my bro yasir was 22/07/1987 he was 7 days younger then me i hope his soul may rest in heaven. i m proud of u my brotherRecommend

  • patriotic
    May 25, 2011 - 11:55PM

    I wonder what Lt Yasir family is going through now. the only son. the future of the family.. who was about to get married in 4 months. he was an engineer not a commando.. he could have hid or waited for the commandoes.. he chose his path. he fought them.. and prevented further naval assets being burnt… these are hereos.. these are legends.. the fire man who laid his life down by trying to put out the fire through midst of a gunbattle!.. Stop saying its their Job.. thats pathetic answer.. somebody has to do it and they are doing it and laying their lives.. for us.. i agree heads need to roll.. I agree more needs to be done.. but give respect where it is due… you are not fighting a regular enemy.. america has been brought to knees by suicide gureilla warfare.. in afghanistan… even with all the latest tech. its very easy to sit here behind a computer and criticize.. no matter how much security you put you can never stop a suicide bomber from blowing himself up.. thats a fact.. encourage the military.. support them.. boost there morale.. stop being cowards and bringing them down..LT Yassir.. and the rest of the martyrs.. i salute you..Recommend

  • A
    May 26, 2011 - 1:28AM

    a true hero who will be in our hearts forever!Recommend

  • farasat hussain
    May 26, 2011 - 4:31AM

    He was a great guy and a cousin from my father’s side.we all are saddened by his death.he was going to get married but unfortunatetly was martyred leaving us all shell shocked and grieving.He always wanted to die as a shaheed and he died as he wanted to. RIP yassir bhai,we all love you and hope you are in jannatRecommend

  • tahir
    May 26, 2011 - 4:33AM

    i have no words to say abt brave man who has given his life for this country almighty allah give place in jannet we r proud of u lt. yasir shaheed, i salute u. Recommend

  • khan
    May 26, 2011 - 7:12AM

    Respect to you brother, Lt Yasi Abbas. May Allah reward you for your sacrifice.
    You are a true hero indeed. Recommend

  • Respect
    May 26, 2011 - 7:13AM

    Respect to you brother, Lt Yasi Abbas. May Allah reward you for your sacrifice.
    You are a true hero indeed. Recommend

  • Sikandar
    May 26, 2011 - 7:21AM

    My God what a handsome young man, I feel so sorry. May his soul rest in peace.

    I can only wish my deepest Condolences to the parents fo this young vibrant boy whose life has been snubbed out by fanatics.

    What has the World come to?Recommend

  • Ali
    May 26, 2011 - 9:56AM

    Rest in peace, meray Shaheed, thanks to you and people like you for fighting this menace. Recommend

  • Saman
    May 26, 2011 - 10:05AM

    May Allah bless his soul and give patience to his family…Ameen!!!Recommend

  • uzma
    May 26, 2011 - 10:39AM

    rest in peace brother !! May Allah accepts the martyred of you and all the other soldiers this country lost due to this cowerdly attack !! We are proud of you ….Recommend

  • Sohail
    May 26, 2011 - 1:18PM

    To value your ultimate sacrifice Yasir, I assure you that as a nation, we are still alive and will go to any extent to protect Pakistan.

    Corrupt politicians have hidden their sons in UK and USA. Pakistanis, wake up. Ask them a simple question. Where are your sons? Mr. Zardari and Mr. Nawaz and Mr. …Recommend

    May 26, 2011 - 6:47PM

    Lets unitedly ask government and military to kill these terrorists at any cost. We need to restart our efforts to fight with these barbaric ‘former strategic assets’ and also punish who created this mindset in last 30 years.Recommend

  • Tilsim
    May 26, 2011 - 11:44PM

    Rest in peace. Wish peace and forebearance to your loved ones too.

    You have made the peace loving amongst Pakistanis, proud.

    May more Pakistanis take heart from your courage to face terror straight in the eye.

    We will not fall because of men like you. Recommend

  • Danish Kamal
    May 27, 2011 - 4:15AM

    There are also in other fields but never get recognition. Why Nishan-e-Haider is only for forces, why not for civilians, police, politicians, etc. I have really respect for this brave man but there lot who are died in dark sites and no body know them. Forces are dominating so they materialize their such events. I hope all will agree.Recommend

  • student of B.s
    May 27, 2011 - 7:10AM

    he is a great person.i proud to be a pakistani for you my brother,he died but he is not died forever,he died for the islam,so he is sahed,and sahed never died.he is a true muslim,pakistani,and great solder.he died for islam,.he died for save the country.he is great………… Recommend

  • MH
    May 27, 2011 - 10:14AM

    We all Pakistani must follow the spirit of Yasir.Recommend

  • kamran
    May 27, 2011 - 10:22AM

    shaheed never dies it remains in the hearts of the people as well as in the pages of history. i pay my salute to those all shaheeds who safe the honour of the pak navy and the nation as well.God may bless their soul with peace and properity.Recommend

  • Saleem
    May 27, 2011 - 1:51PM

    Salute Yasir…May Allah give passion to ur familyRecommend

  • M. Waqar Younas
    May 27, 2011 - 4:24PM

    LT Yassir is our great hero. May Allah bless you and ur family.Recommend

  • May 28, 2011 - 10:31AM

    I completely agree with what Patriotic has written. It is very easy for us to criticise sitting behind a computer. It was these brave soldiers who fought a hard battle and protected us from the enemy. Not many have the guts to do that these days. Not many even have the spine to stay in Pakistan- most upper class people plan on settling abroad.

    I salute the bravery of these young soldiers! Something is right if Pakistan is still producing heroes like Yaser.
    May Allah make all Pakistanis so brave!Recommend

  • merab ali
    Jun 13, 2011 - 1:42PM

    @Abu Bakar Fayyaz:

    but we should also think that where the circumstances of pakistan are going and how we stop it …… wat we can do for our beloved countryRecommend

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