Valiant Asfandyar laid to rest in Attock
ATTOCK – Amidst tears and prayers, the martyr of Badaber tragic incident, Captain Asfandyar Ahmad Bokhari was laid to rest with full military honor in his ancestral town on Saturday afternoon.
Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Sheikh Aftab, Commandant Arty Center Attock Brigadier Fayyaz, Brigadier Inayat, Brigadier Kamran, Brigadier Zahid, and thousands of people from different walks of life thronged the funeral to pay homage to valiant son of the soil. A smartly dressed squad of Pakistan Army presented general salute to the martyr and a wreath was laid on the grave of the martyr by Brigadier Fayyaz on behalf of Chief of Army Staff.
Dr Fayyaz Bokhari, father of Shaheed Captain Asfadyar was proud to be the father of a brave son who had laid down his life for the safety and security of the motherland. “I feel pride to be father of a martyr. The brave son of soil who sacrificed his life for his motherland,” he said.
Dr Bukhari said that Asfandyar was ambitious to join Pakistan Army from his childhood and the word “defeat” did not exist in his dictionary and he proved it. He said that Asfandyar throughout his academic carrier remained a topper. He was a good Hockey and Polo player also. Mother of martyre said that her son was a “sword” which will fall on enemies and it also proved true.
People from different walks of life also paid rich tributes to Asfandyar Shaheed and extended full support and backing to Pakistan Army in its operation against the terrorists.
Captain Asfandyar Ahmad Bokhari belonged to Attock and led the Quick Response Force (QRF) from the front engaging the attackers soon after they broke into facility and avoided more losses. He was awarded “Sword of Honor” on completion of his training at Kakul in October 2008 for his outstanding performance. He was the second eldest son of Dr Fayyaz Bokhari. His elder brother Shehryar Bokhari is abroad for higher education while Ehsan Bokhari, the youngest is a student of MBBS.
His friends and teachers stated that from the very beginning, Asfandyar was fond of joining Pakistan Army and often talked of ridding the country of the scourge of terrorism.
His friend and class fellow Syed Hussain Naqvi said that in our last meeting Captain Asfandyar said that soon he be directly fighting the terrorists and play hell with them and he proved it fighting in Badhber. “Asfandyar was a dutiful, valiant and down to earth human being,” he said
Tanzeela Ashfaq Chaudhry a teacher of Asfandyar said that Asfandyar was an intelligent, outstanding and obedient student. He was a man of character and a brave boy.
Muhammad Zaheer one of his teachers remarked that Asfandyar was an intelligent and obedient young man. He always remained busy in search of his destination. He embraced martyrdom and we are proud of him.
One of his colleague from his unit said that he was a brave soldier and a good friend who never wanted to face defeat.
It is worth mentioning that ‘The Sword of Honor’ is an honorary sword awarded to the “Gentleman Cadet” or “Lady Cadet” who achieves an overall best performance during his or her entire training period at the Pakistan Military Academy at Kakul, the Pakistan Air Force Academy at Risalpur, or the Pakistan Naval Academy at Karachi.
The award of a Sword of Honor is regarded as a significant honor by the officers of the Armed Forces of Pakistan and many cadets aspire to win it.