Police Martyrs Day was observed on Saturday in the provincial metropolis where speakers paid tributes to all the cops who lost their lives in the line of duty.
A tribute was paid by the city police officials for nearly 305 policemen, who lost their lives over the past year. A Quran Khwani and special prayers were offered at the Police Lines Qila Gujjar Singh.
Special ceremonies to mark the day were held at all the police lines of the districts; all senior officers of the police, families and relatives of the martyred policemen attended. The day is aimed at remembering the sacrifices of martyrs and boosting the morale of policemen.
Speaking on the occasion, inspector general Punjab (IGP), capital city police officer (CCPO), deputy inspector general (DIG) operations, senior superintendent police (SSP) operations, Investigation Wing officers and others said that the history of Lahore police is full of gallantry and the sacrifices rendered by the department in the war against terror would be remembered for long.
They said the city police have performed duties on the front line in the war against terror in very testing times and destroyed nefarious designs of many enemies of peace.
They referred to the sacrifice rendered by senior officers including DIG Traffic Lahore Captain (r) Ahmed Mobeen, SSP Operations Zahid Gondal of Punjab police and others that set a great example of chivalry for police officers. They said it was the sacrifice of police officers that helped returned peace to the province.
IGP Dr Syed Kalim Imam has said that great nations never forget the sacrifices of their martyrs. He said that Punjab police will look after the families of their brave martyrs who lost their lives in the line of duty and that they will continue to take steps on priority basis for the families of the deceased.
He added that on the eve of Youm-e-Shuhada Police, 12,915 police institutions are observing Police Martyrs Day on the same day whose sole purpose is to pay homage to the brave sons of this land. He further said that police officers and the personnel are committed to saving lives and properties of the citizens.