LAHORE: A number of civil society activists, lawyers, citizens and police officials paid rich tribute to the slain police officer SP Chaudhry Aslam and 15-year-old student Aitzaz Hassan for their sterling examples of bravery and sacrifice for the country here on Wednesday.
The Concerned Citizens Forum, Civil Society Network, member of Bhagat Singh Memorial Foundation, general public and other civil society members gathered at Faisal Chowk on The Mall and held a candlelight vigil to remember the brave martyrs for their exemplary fractions of courage while facing the terrorists.
They chanted different slogans including ‘Terrorists have no religion’, ‘Stop terrorism’ and ‘Symbol of courage and bravery’.
They lauded the services Chaudhry Aslam had rendered for the elimination of terrorism and added that the entire nation was united against terrorism. Recognising the bravery of Aitzaz Hassan, they said he had sacrificed his life to save hundreds of his schoolfellows from a suicide attacker and had set a prime example of gallantry and patriotism.
They severely condemned the cowardly attacks on the two martyrs and other innocent people. They said the Pakistani nation was proud of the two martyred heroes who had sacrificed themselves for our better tomorrow.
When the civil society members gathered for remembrance of the two martyrs, passers-by also joined in. Those who did not know the men in pictures were told about them by the members of the civil society present there.
Having no space to stand around the pictures of the two martyrs, the road users, upon recognising the pictures, paid tribute and saluted them from distances.
On this occasion, Civil Society Network President Abdullah Malik and other keynote speakers paid rich tributes to the slain SP Chaudhry Aslam and student Aitzaz Hassan, and said they were their heroes who had sacrificed their precious lives for the fellow countrymen.
The people there slammed the Taliban and said they were terrorists who did not want any good for the country; therefore, talks with them would be fruitless.
They urged the government to better give proper attention to the protection of people’s lives and property instead of running after the Taliban to convince them for talks.
Fawad Chaudhry, the media adviser to Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, while addressing the gathering lamented over the death of the former SSP of Karachi and said a soldier understands what it means to die fighting for one’s country.
He said the Chaudhry Aslam was a brave police officer whose bravery would be remembered in golden words.
While talking about the dialogue with the Taliban, he said that if the Taliban could accepted the writ of the government and did not attack innocent people, only then talks were possible.
He said that the rulers should rather take on the militants instead of holding peace talks.
He also paid tribute to the 15-year-old student Aitzaz Hasan for his bravery.
It is worth mentioning that Chaudhry Aslam, who had survived earlier assassination attempts, was killed when a bomb targeted his convoy on the Lyari Expressway. Two of his guards also died in the attack.
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