Funeral Service for Sepoy Haroon Held in Rawalpindi Church

Rawalpindi, June 22 — Today, the city of Rawalpindi witnessed a solemn and heartfelt ceremony as the funeral service for Sepoy Haroon William was held at St. Paul’s Church. The event drew a significant turnout of mourners, including family members, military personnel, community leaders, and local residents, all gathered to honour the life and sacrifice of the fallen soldier.

Sepoy Haroon, who served with distinction in the Pakistan Army, tragically lost his life in the line of duty. His bravery and dedication to protecting his country have been widely recognized, and his passing has left a profound impact on all who knew him.

The service commenced with a series of prayers and hymns, led by the church's clergy, creating a reverent atmosphere as attendees reflected on Sepoy Haroon’s life and service. The church was filled to capacity, with many standing in solemn silence, paying their respects.

Military officials were present to honour Sepoy Haroon with full military rites. His casket, draped in the national flag, was escorted by an honour guard, highlighting the deep respect and admiration for his service. During the ceremony, military representatives spoke of Haroon's commitment, courage, and the ultimate sacrifice he made for his country.

One of the key moments of the service was the eulogy delivered by a senior military officer, who shared stories of Sepoy Haroon’s dedication and bravery on the battlefield. The officer recounted how Haroon had always exemplified the highest values of the Pakistan Army, demonstrating not only courage but also compassion and camaraderie among his fellow soldiers.

Family members of Sepoy Haroon, though visibly grief-stricken, expressed their immense pride in his contributions to the nation. His parents spoke of his unwavering sense of duty from a young age, his aspirations to serve in the military, and his commitment to making a difference. They thanked the community and the military for their support during this difficult time.

Friends and colleagues also took the podium, sharing personal anecdotes that painted a picture of Haroon not just as a soldier, but as a beloved friend and confidant. They spoke of his sense of humour, his kindness, and his ability to lift the spirits of those around him, even in the most challenging circumstances.

The service concluded with a moving rendition of the national anthem, followed by a moment of silence. The congregation then proceeded to the local Gul Wali cemetery, where Sepoy Haroon was laid to rest beside other fallen heroes. The final rites were performed with military precision, including a three-volley salute and the presentation of the national flag to his next of kin.

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, who attended the funeral, spoke at the ceremony. He highlighted the significant contributions and sacrifices made by the Christian community in national defence. "As a result of a very sad incident yesterday, Haroon William sacrificed his life for the country. The martyrs sacrificed their lives for Pakistan, and I salute the descendants of those who sacrificed," he said.

The Prime Minister emphasized the commitment of the Pakistan Army to the defence of the state, noting that they have always made sacrifices for the country's protection. "The way the martyrs have given their lives for Pakistan is unparalleled in modern times, and their sacrifices will not be in vain," he added.

Shehbaz Sharif also recalled the words of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, stating, "Quaid-i-Azam has said that all people will get equal opportunities to live, we all have equal rights according to the constitution and law." He further commended the Christian community for their historical contributions in various fields, including the military, and highlighted the unity and shared purpose among all Pakistanis, regardless of their faith.

As the service concluded, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif remarked on the profound impact of the sacrifices made by the armed forces, stating, "Army soldiers save the nation's children from becoming orphans by orphaning their children." This powerful statement underscored the depth of the sacrifice made by military families and the nation's gratitude for their service.

As the crowd dispersed, there was a palpable sense of loss, but also of pride and unity. The funeral service of Sepoy Haroon was not just a farewell, but a celebration of a life dedicated to the highest ideals of service and sacrifice. His legacy will continue to inspire those who serve and protect the nation.

#SepoyHaroon #FuneralService #Rawalpindi #MilitaryHonors #Bravery #Respect #PakistanArmy #FallenHero