Absence from the martyr’s funeral is unnecessarily questioned: Arif Alvi

President Arif Alvi.  — AFP/File
President Arif Alvi. — AFP/File

ISLAMABAD: Reacting to social media criticism of him for not attending the funeral shuhda — who embraced martyrdom in a helicopter crash in Balochistan, President Arif Alvi said the issue was being unnecessarily controversial.

On his personal social media account, President Arif Alvi said: “There is an unnecessary controversy about why I did not attend the martyr’s funeral recently.”

The President said this on his personal account a day after the martyrs of the Balochistan helicopter disaster were laid to rest with full military honours.

The president said it also allows him to unequivocally condemn contemptuous tweets from those who are “unaware of our culture or our faith.”

Alvi pointed out that he called hundreds of families, attended funerals and he visited them to offer his condolences – expressing that he does not stand aside on such occasions.

“On your behalf, I feel it is my duty. The families were proud, but we all recognize the sad and personal loss in this world,” President Alvi said.

He said it was especially difficult to sympathize with families where young children survived.

“When the family members cried, I cried. There is no doubt that Pakistan is safe only because of their ultimate sacrifices. That is what makes me proud of Pakistan.”

“The president wanted to attend the funeral of a martyr”

Sources said Geo news a day earlier that the President wanted to attend the funeral of the martyrs of the helicopter crash in Balochistan, however, he was prevented from attending due to “false and negative propaganda created by PTI trolls”.

The President had expressed his desire to attend the martyr’s funeral as the Commander-in-Chief and Head of State, however, the institutions informed Dr Alvi that PTI trolls had launched “poisonous, false and negative propaganda about the martyrs” which enraged the people, sources said.

Therefore, President Alvi was advised that it would be better to skip the martyr’s funeral to avoid any untoward incident. Following the advice, the president did not attend the funeral.

DG ISPR condemns negative propaganda

Director General Inter-Services Public Relations Major General Babar Iftikhar also condemned the negative propaganda on social media that took off after the helicopter crash.

“We are shaken by the accident on August 1. Propaganda has caused immense pain, especially to the families of those killed,” Major General Iftikhar said.

Pointing out that this should not happen, General Babar said that elements that spread negative propaganda and rumors should be rejected.

“Insensitive behavior is unacceptable and should be condemned on every platform,” he asserted, adding that the Pakistan Army was grateful to the nation for standing by them and the martyrs.

Martyrs laid to rest

On Tuesday, the martyrs of the Balochistan helicopter crash – which happened earlier this week – were laid to rest with full military honors in Rawalpindi.

Funeral prayers for Lieutenant General Sarfraz Ali, Major General Amjad Hanif and Brigadier Muhammad Khalid were offered at the military graveyard.

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, Chairman Senate Sadiq Sanjrani, Federal Ministers, Azad Jammu and Kashmir Prime Minister, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa, foreign dignitaries, a large number of senior officers, retired military and civil officials, and relatives attended the Janazi prayer. martyr.

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