Martyred soldier’s father ready to send second son to the frontlines

PESHAWAR: The father of slain Pakistan Army captain Umair Abbasi says he is ready to send his second son to the frontlines of Pakistan’s war against terrorists.


Speaking to reporters today after the funeral of Captain Umair Abbasi, who was among four soldiers martyred in a clash with terrorists in Shawal valley of North Waziristan tribal agency, Lt-Col Zahid said that he was proud of his son.

“By the grace of God, I am a proud father of my son Captain Umair Abbasi Shaheed. Our determination, our morale is high,” he said, speaking to Geo News.

In a video recorded prior to his being sent to the frontlines to fight terrorists hiding in the remote Shawal valley of North Waziristan tribal agency, Captain Umair Abbasi can be seen expressing his hopes and morale for the operation.

“Inshallah, have faith in us. By the grace of God, if we are going there, we are going there for a reason,” he can be heard saying in the video in reply to a question.

“Most of the area is cleared. By the willing of God, in the next operation the remaining areas will be cleared in the next few days or months. Operation is expected and we have already planned for it. Have faith in us and do not be worried. Inshallah, all will turn out well,” he said.

“My son was very dear to me…like a prince. He was competent in every way. In his profession, in worldly matters, in every aspect, he was number one,” said the martyr’s father speaking to Geo News today.

Calling him a Sipah-Salaar and a Mard-e-Mujahid, the martyr’s father expressed full confidence in the leadership of Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif, who also attended the funeral prayers of Captain Umair Abbasi in Peshawar today.

“My other younger son is also serving under command of Gen Raheel Sharif. I even told the Army chief that you are free to even send him to the frontlines. It will be a matter of pride for me,” he said.

At least 19 militants and four soldiers, including Captain Umair Abbasi, were martyred on Saturday during a clash with terrorists who were hiding in the remote Shawal valley of North Waziristan.

Military officials said security forces were conducting a ground offensive against the militants in their few remaining strongholds in Shawal near the Pak-Afghan border when the incident took place.

Other than Captain Umair Abbasi, the martyred soldiers included Havaldar Hakim Ali, Sepoy Rashid and Sepoy Hameed.

The martyrs were laid to rest in Peshawar this morning in a funeral procession also attended by the Army chief and top military and civilian officials.


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