ISLAMABAD: Funeral prayers of Pakistan Army soldier, Usman Arshad who embraced martyrdom in cross-border shelling by Indian forces along the Line of Control (LoC), have been performed on Wednesday in his native village of Dunyapur’s Chak 360.
A large number of people including martyr’s relatives, colleagues and military officials attended the last rites. Pak Army personnel presented Guard of Honour to the martyred soldier.
The martyred sepoy had joined Pakistan Army’s Baloch Regiment three years back.
“Usman’s martyrdom has made me proud,” the martyr’s mother said.
On Tuesday, another martyr of the incident Naik Muhammad Tariq Mehmood’s funeral prayers were offered at his native town Jhelum.
He was laid to rest amid large presence of friends, family members and other civilian and military officials.
The martyred soldier has left behind a widow and two children. His father Noor Muhammad said the martyrdom of his son has made the family to feel pride.
On Dec 25, hours after Pakistan allowed convicted Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav’s mother and wife to meet him in Islamabad on “humanitarian grounds”, three soldiers were martyred in intense cross-border shelling by Indian troops along the LoC.
The shelling occurred at Rukh Chakri sector in Rawalakot, according to Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), the military’s media wing. As a result, three soldiers were martyred while another sustained injuries.
Indian forces resorted to unprovoked ceasefire violations along the LoC, prompting a strong response from Pakistani forces, the statement said.
India has breached the ceasefire on more than 1,000 occasions this year alone which has led to over 50 civilian casualties, whereas around 200 have been injured.