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RAWALPINDI: The 21st martyrdom anniversary of Kargil War Hero Havaldar Lalak Jan Shaheed, Nishan-e-Haider was observed on Tuesday at his native village in Ghizer, Gilgit-Baltistan.

Flowers were laid at the graves of Captain Karnal Sher Khan Shaheed, Nishan-e-Haider and Havaldar Lalak Jan Shaheed, Nishan-e-Haider on behalf of Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said on Tuesday.

Ceremonies were held on the occasion of 21st martyrdom anniversaries of Captain Karnal Sher Khan and Havaldar Lalak Jan to pay tribute to them. Civil and military officials attended the functions along with families of the martyrs.

It is pertinent to mention that Captain Karnal Sher Khan and Havaldar Lalak Jan embraced martyrdom at Gultari sector on the Line of Control in 1999 during the Kargil conflict.

Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa has paid glowing tribute to Kargil War heroes Captain Karnal Sher Khan and Havaldar Lalak Jan saying the martyrs wrote history with their blood against all odds.

"There is nothing more honourable than laying one's life for defence of the motherland. Nation is proud of its gallant sons for valour and unwavering allegiance to defend the country, regardless of the cost," the army chief said.