Chief of Mandal Malik Wased Khan. – A file photo

Hazrat Yousaf

PESHAWAR: Chief of Mandal Malik Wased Khan has thanked the government of Pakistan for selecting him for Tamgha-e-Shujaat Award.

In a special interview with TNN, Malik Wased Khan said he is thankful to President Arif Alvi, Prime Minister Imran Khan, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mehmood Khan and former Corps Commander Peshawar Mazhar Shaheen for selecting his name for Tamgha-e-Shujaat.

“I am especially thankful to the Pakistan Army that recognised and remembered sacrifices of my family for the country and encouraged me. I am for Pakistan now and always,” he said.

Malik Wased Khan, who was head of a pro-government peace committee, said he like his elders is also standing by the Pakistan Army for ensuring peaceful environment in the country. He said his father, uncle and the whole family laid down their lives for the country, but he did not lose courage.

“No matter how strong the country’s enemies, they can’t dampen our resolve for security of our motherland. We stand with the Pakistan Army now and will continue to offer all kind of sacrifices for the country in future if needed,” he said.

Malik Wased Khan says it is sacred duty to defend the motherland.

The chief of Mandal said several attempts were made on his life and he also faced many other hardships, but did not compromise on his principled stance and his unconditional love for the motherland remained undeterred. “My country is like my mother, and its security is my responsibility,” he said.

“A day came in my life when 10 members of my family were martyred. Several attempts were also made to eliminate me. I regularly received threats to abandon the support of Pakistan Army and leave the peace committee, but I decided to follow my brave father and presented everything – my life, my property and everything else – for the country,” said Malik Wased Khan, adding that he never budged even an inch from his principled stance.

The Chief of Mandal said it is a matter of pride for him family that his name has been selected for Tamgha-e-Shujaat after his father and uncle.

“I am also thankful to all my friends who stood by me during difficult times,” he said.