The Pakistan Ex-servicemen Association (PESA) has decided to change its name to Veterans of Pakistan (VOP) following the worldwide practice but its objectives will remain unaffected. According to the details, at the Annual General Body Meeting of PESA it was unanimously approved to follow the worldwide practice of using the term ‘VETERANS’ instead of Ex-Servicemen for retired personnel of armed forces. Accordingly, it was proposed to change name of PESA, said a press release issued here today.
After considering various suggestions, the Executive Council has decided to rename PESA as Veterans of Pakistan (VOP). Its basic objectives towards national affairs remain unchanged. It will also facilitate link up with Veterans’ organizations of friendly countries. Contacts with Veterans organization of Peoples Army of China has already been established since their delegation has already visited Pakistan and met with officials of PESA. A countrywide campaign shall now be started to encourage retired personnel of all ranks of the armed forces of Pakistan to join VOP. This will make its voice more effective to serve Pakistan and look after welfare of the retired servicemen.
It is planned to celebrate Veterans Day early next year at selected locations in the country. Homage will be paid to the martyrs for their supreme sacrifices and also to the veterans whose lives were spared by Almighty Allah for another day. Government of Pakistan and Chiefs of armed forces shall also be requested to start country-wide celebration of Veterans Day every year. This will give satisfaction to the veterans that the nation and respective Services have not forgotten their services for defence of Pakistan and for relief operations during natural disasters.