Rawalpindi (Staff Report): A solemn ceremony to conferred awards on martyred military personnel for acts of gallantry during military operations held at General Headquarters (GHQ) in Rawalpindi on Thursday.

Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa gave away the awards.

“They [our martyrs] who sacrificed their lives for the country are our real heroes,” Gen Bajwa said, adding that as a nation "we should always remember their sacrifices ".

Sitara-e-Imtiaz Military (Star of Distinction) was conferred upon 32 officers, two officers were awarded the Tamgha-i-Jurat (Medal of Courage), 33 officers and soldiers were awarded the Tamgha-i-Basalat (Medal of Good Conduct), and four officers and soldiers were awarded a United Nations Medal.

The medals of martyred military personnel were received by their family members.

A large number of military officials and the heirs of martyred personnel were in attendance.