For the second consecutive year, Youm-e-Shuhada (National Police Martyrs Day) was independently observed on 4th August, 2017 in a ceremony to be held at The National Police Bureau Islamabad. The day aims to commemorate the great sacrifice of Pakistan police officers and to spread a message of strength, courage and resilience to the families of the martyrs. Through the event, Pakistan Police officials pledge to stand together with the families of the martyrs, with the assurance that they will be facilitated and supported by the institution.
Youm-e-Shuhada-e-Police was also observed in other provinces of the country, with the respective Inspector Generals of Police conducting prayer ceremonies, visiting graves and lighting vigils to pay tribute and recognize the sacrifices of police martyrs in each province.
The program, which aims to pay homage to the martyrs of Pakistan Police, attended by 615 families representing the fallen heroes, who sacrificed their lives for the protection of the country. Additionally, senior police officers and high-rank will also be present at the event.
The program initiated with a Quran Khawani, followed by Fateha prayer for the martyred souls, wreath lying at Yadgar-e-Shuhada, as well as presentation of the Guard of Honour by ICT police guards.
Speaking at the event Intertior minister, Ahsan Iqbal said, “Started my new portfolio at Ministry of Interior by joining Officers and Jawans for Yum e Shuhada e Police Ceremonies at National Police Bureau and Shuhada Monument. Sacrifices by jawans and officers of Police are unforgettable stories of valour and dedication to their profession. Pledged to work for welfare of Shuhadas’ families and work across party lines for defeating extremism. Peace and Development are two sides of one coin. Peace is pre requisite for development. I need prayers of all to serve in this role successfully.”
Lastly, a vigil/illumination ceremony was conducted to mark the end of the program.
Police AwamSaathSaath is a mass media and digital campaign which aims to bridge the gap between the police and the public of Pakistan. Pakistan police has always been consistent in performing its role with utmost dedication and responsibility as more than 6000 police officers have sacrificed their lives for the protection of the country since 1980. These include 1,268 martyrs in Punjab, 2,021 in Sindh, 1,269 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and 677 in Balochistan. According to data, 90% of these martyrs were in their 30’s, leaving behind an average of two children, along with young widows and elderly parents.