Saturday, December 5, 2009

Barbaric & Cowardly attack on Mosque

This desperate act of cowards will not dilute the determination of the armed forces and the people to fight the terrorists and mercenaries who cross the borders to create murder and mayhem in Pakistan.

Soldiers take position outside a besieged mosque in Rawalpindi on December 4, 2009. — AFP

RAWALPINDI: Funeral prayers for high-ranking officers, including Major-General Bilal Omar, who died in yesterday's Parade Land mosque attack, were held at the Chaklala garrison on Saturday.

Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Ashfaq Pervaiz Kayani and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani attended the funeral prayers.

General Kayani said acts of cowardice will not dent the resolve of the armed forces and the nation to fight against terrorism.

Meanwhile, funeral prayers for three of the victims of yesterday's mosque attack were held at the Racecourse ground in Rawalpindi.

Security was tightened in and around the ground with the military police, Punjab police and Rangers performing the task. Meanwhile, special traffic arrangements were made at the funeral services held in the Westridge-I area of Rawalpindi.

Relatives of the victims as well as high-ranking officers from the armed forces attended the services.

The Peshawar Road area was also put on high alert and cordoned off as intelligence personnel and the military police conducted investigations into yesterday's attacks. — DawnNews

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