Pakistan Army has suffered a MAJOR loss as Major Muhammad Asghar embraced Shahadat after being infected with the coronavirus.
According to a statement released by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) on Sunday, a Pak Army officer who was deployed at the ‘Torkham border’ terminal, recently became a victim of the novel coronavirus. Major Muhammad Asghar contracted the virus while he was committed to fulfilling the duty of screening the people at Torkham border.
Torkham border is a major crossing point between Pakistan and Afghanistan. Hundreds upon hundreds of people are using it every day. The official statement stated;
“He (Major Asghar) was managing Torkham border terminal to ensure screening of people and move of logistic convoys to Afghanistan.”
Tribute To The Martyred
Paying tribute to the martyred, the official twitter account of DG ISPR – Major General Babar Iftikhar tweeted out;
“Major Muhammad Asghar laid his life in the line of duty at #Torkham border in fight against #COVID-19. Evacuated to CMH Peshawar with breathing problems, was put on ventilator but succumbed to Corona Virus. There is no cause bigger than serving the Nation. #OurMartyrsOurHeroes.”
Major Muhammad Asghar laid his life in the line of duty at #Torkham border in fight against #COVID-19. Evacuated to CMH Peshawar with breathing problems, was put on ventilator but succumbed to Corona Virus. There is no cause bigger than serving the Nation.#OurMartyrsOurHeroes pic.twitter.com/3mtCKyRycq
— DG ISPR (@OfficialDGISPR) May 10, 2020
Chief Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa – Mahmood Khan – also paid tribute to the martyred hero. The CM prayed that Allah grant him peace in afterlife and also give his family patience to cope with the loss. He said;
“We are proud of Major Asghar Shaheed. He was a brave & a committed son of the soil. A soldier who loved his motherland and sacrificed his life for the nation. Salute to brave Major Muhammad Asghar. May his soul rest in peace and endow his family with patience to bear the loss.”
On Sunday, Pakistan has climbed to the 20th spot on the global COVID-19 ranking on as the nationwide tally of COVID-19 patients crossed the 30,000 mark. With already 660+ deaths, the country has now also suffered the first casualty in its armed forces, marked by the death of Major Asghar.
Along with this, it has also had its highest recorded number of cases for three consecutive days. This came about with the government lifting the coronavirus lockdown in phases. We can only pray this global pandemic ends soon and also that life can go about normally without the cost of people dying!