Injured war veterans are national heroes: Gen Raheel Sharif

Published: January 6, 2014
Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif shaking hands with a wounded war veteran during his visit to AFIRM in Rawalpindi on Monday. PHOTO: ISPR

Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif shaking hands with a wounded war veteran during his visit to AFIRM in Rawalpindi on Monday. PHOTO: ISPR

RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif said on Monday that injured soldiers were national heroes, and that there was no greater sacrifice for the motherland than one’s life or limbs.

“There cannot be a bigger sacrifice for the motherland than one’s life or precious limbs.”

The Army Chief was visiting the Armed Forces Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine (AFIRM) in Rawalpindi on Monday, a statement released from the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) read.

The hospital provides treatment to soldiers injured in the war on terror, even providing prosthetic and replacement limbs for soldiers.

The COAS praised sacrifices, valour and determination of the soldiers who were injured in the ongoing war on terror. He assured the veterans that the Army acknowledges their sacrifices and would do everything to bring comfort in their lives.

The COAS was received by Surgeon General Pakistan Army Lieutenant General Azhar Rashid and given a detailed briefing on rehabilitation work undertaken by the Institute.

COAS also inaugurated a Resettlement  and Vocational Training Department where wounded soldiers will be imparted vocational training to help them integrate into the society as useful citizens once again.

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Reader Comments (8)

  • naeem khan
    Jan 6, 2014 - 9:44PM

    which war?


  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Jan 6, 2014 - 10:21PM

    These brave soldiers have sacrificed for whole Nation but General did not use word “Nation”, instead he said that Army acknowledges their sacrifices. Are Army and Nation are two different entities?


  • Assad
    Jan 6, 2014 - 11:44PM

    @naeem khan:

    You need to check yourself into a mental rehab facility. Obviously there is something seriously wrong with you.

    @Ch. Allah Daad:

    He said that because the Army is responsible for their rehabilitation thus the acknowledgement of the Army for the sacrifices rendered by these brave souls. In other words, these brave men have done what they promised to do for the country, now its the Army’s responsibility to help them.

    By the way, with comments like those of Naeem Khan above, are you sure the whole nation realizes their sacrifices? There are plenty of fifth columnists in our ranks who are always doubting the resolve of our citizens and uniformed personnel in fighting the takfiri militants.


  • Sexton Blake
    Jan 7, 2014 - 3:44AM

    Dear Assad,
    Before we all go into mental rehabilitation facilities perhaps you may favor us with your version of the war being waged in Pakistan, or is Takfiri militants supposed to cover it all. Incidentally, the comments by General Sharif are standard procedure by Generals and low functioning politicians around the world, and they are used to justify unnecessary military action.


  • Ajab Khan Baloch
    Jan 7, 2014 - 2:21PM

    I fully agree;they are national heroes and the nation is grateful to them


  • Saad
    Jan 7, 2014 - 2:35PM

    @Ch. Allah Daad:
    He did say that injured soldiers are nation’s hero. Please re-read


  • Jan 7, 2014 - 9:05PM

    There is no denying to the sacrifices made by our military men and women to bring about sustained peace in the region. We salute the Pakistani soldiers who have given the ultimate sacrifice with lives and limbs. These people will be forever our ‘heroes’. It is encouraging to see the rehabilitative support they are being provided. They deserve this as they deserve our respect and prayers. The days are not far when sustained peace will be witnessed by the peace loving people of the region.

    Abdul Quddus
    DET- United States Central Command


  • Sexton Blake
    Jan 8, 2014 - 6:46AM

    Dear CENTCOM,
    If you had only spent a tiny fraction of your resources and time upon negotiation and peaceful activities Pakistan/Afghanistan would be a much safer region. As it is you have converted a bunch of hill billies into a formidable enemy, which has kept the world armies at bay for 13 years, and I have a bad feeling they will continue to do so for some time to come. But then again, you guys are doing what you usually do and getting out, aren’t you? That is, leaving chaos behind.


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