Yesterday, I received the news that a young son of a veteran and a friend of mine has fallen in line of duty. I immediately rushed to my friend's house, where already a large mourners and sympathizers had gathered to console with the bereaved family.
Captain Sharjeel Shahid Shinwari, pictured left, had graduated from the Army Medical College and had recently been posted to militant infested Waziristan, where Pakistan army is embattled with the militants for quite sometime. Located at Wana, Dr Sharjeel had gone vising the forward army posts to treat and look after the patients in forwards medical posts. On his way back, a remote controlled IED (Improvised Explosive Device) planted by the road side exploded and with it this beautiful young man also perished. إِنَّا لِلّهِ وَإِنَّـا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعونَ
This is the third time in the recent past that I have attended such funerals to bid farewell to these beautiful young sons of the soil who laid down their lives in the line of the duty but never budged from serving their motherland and cleansing it from the menace of militancy, which has been imposed upon Pakistan as a fallout of American waged war on terror in Afghanistan.
After the funeral prayer, the face of the martyred captain was uncovered for the last time so that family and friends could so him for he vanished under tons of earth forever. And let me say that his face looked as fresh as he is seen in his photo - the face of a martyr. Martyrs, who make our tomorrows safe and livable.
Now coming back to the militants, these young men are pitched against. Who are these militants - Muslims or otherwise? No one really knows as fighting against Muslims does not make any sense. Although, Pakistan Army is doing its best to uproot the menace of militancy from Pakistan's soil, these come fresh equipped with most modern and sophisticated weapons and 'highly trained' to handle weapons and IEDs. This clearly shows these militants are part of a bigger game to destroy Pakistan and pave way for anti Pakistan forces to move in and destroy yet another Islamic country.
But let me say with strong conviction that as long as these beautiful brave sons of the soil are there guarding the frontiers of the country, no one's dreams would ever be realized in destroying Pakistan, God willing.