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.
After considering various suggestions, the Executive Council had decided to rename PESA as Veterans of Pakistan (VOP). It will facilitate link up with veterans’ organisations of friendly countries. Contacts with veteran organisation of Peoples Army of China had already been established on their delegation’s visit to Pakistan and meeting 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 was 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 veterans for brave services.
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.