Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) honoured the fallen and injured soldiers in the terrorist attack on June 29, 2020, in a solemn ceremony today. In order to pay tribute to the men who fell defending the Stock Exchange from the attack, a plaque with the names of the martyrs etched on it was unveiled at the Stock Exchange premises. Further, in a gesture of appreciation and support, donation cheques for the welfare of the families of the fallen and injured men were also presented to their family members. Also, cheques were presented to the men who shot dead the terrorists in the attack, as well as all the security personnel who were present on the day. PSX has worked with other donors to set up a facility that will support the families of the martyred on a long term basis.
The ceremony was attended by Chairman of the Board, PSX, Mr. Sulaiman S. Mehdi; Board Members of PSX; CEO PSX, Mr. Farrukh H. Khan; Chairman Pakistan Stock Brokers Association (PSBA), Mr. Aqeel Karim Dhedhi; Secretary General PSBA, Mr. Bilal Farooq Zardi; Board Members of PSBA; senior management of PSX; and representatives of Donors to the Support Facility for the attack affectees. The Donors to the Facility include Brokerage Houses, AMCs and others. Specifically, persons, entities and market participants who contributed to the Donation Fund are PSX Board & Employees, Mr. Aqeel Karim Dhedhi, Mr. Arif Habib, Mr. Ghani Usman, Mr. Azneem Bilwani, Mr. Imran Haroon, Mr. Dawood Jan Mohammad, Dr. Fawad Yousuf, Mr. Hanif Bawa, Mr. Amjad (Pearl Security), Mr. Nihal Ali Cassim, Mr. Hanif Dar, Mr. Iqbal Usman, Mr. Amin Tai, Mr. Sohail (Topline), Mr. Farooq Dar, Mr. Abdul Razzaq Kapadia, Mr. Qasim Lakhani, Mr. Anis Ur Rehman, Mr. Siddique Dalal, YH Securities, Sherman Securities, Darsons Securities, Mohammad Munir Mohammad Ahmed Khanani Securities, Alfalah Investments, and Al Meezan Investment Management Ltd. Most important amongst the participants at the ceremony were the family members of those who were martyred in the attack. These family members were invited as Chief Guests to the occasion.
On the morning of Monday, June 29, 2020, terrorists attacked Pakistan Stock Exchange in a bid to damage and destroy the stability of this pillar of the economy of Pakistan. By the actions of the brave men guarding the Exchange, the safety and security of all the staff, brokers, and visitors present in the Exchange premises was protected. Furthermore, no damage to the property of the Exchange was also incurred at the hands of the terrorists because of the actions of the courageous men guarding the Exchange. The continuity of business at the Exchange during and after the attack proved to the world that Pakistan Stock Exchange was a strong and resilient Exchange with all systems in place to provide for continuous operations despite any challenges faced by it.
In a simple ceremony, the cheques were distributed amongst the affectees and their family members. An acknowledgement note of gratitude for the martyred & injured men and those who shot the terrorists was given by Mr. Farrukh Khan, CEO PSX, wherein he also thanked the donors for the support facility for the attack affectees. Mr. Aqeel Karim Dhedhi, Chairman PSBA, also addressed the gathering.
Speaking at the occasion, the CEO of PSX, Mr. Farrukh Khan, said, “On behalf of PSX, I welcome you all and feel honoured that the family members of the martyred soldiers are here; these are the family members of the men who died fighting valiantly and courageously to protect us and an important pillar of the economy, Pakistan Stock Exchange, from any harm. We are no less proud and honoured by the presence of the brave men who were injured and those who killed the terrorists while protecting the Exchange”. He further stated, “I am humbled by the fact that we received support in the form of contribution to the donation facility set up by PSX, from all those we reached out to; brokerage houses, AMCs, PSX itself and its staff, and all those who have contributed to the support facility for the affectees of the terrorist attack, for their welfare and well-being. We are also very happy to unveil a plaque on the PSX premises that will be a permanent reminder to the world of these brave men”.
Addressing the participants at the ceremony, the Chairman PSBA, Mr. Aqeel Dhedhi, said, “As a member broker and Chairman of Pakistan Stock Brokers Association, I am extremely proud of these men who laid down their lives in the cause of defending an important pillar of our country’s economy, Pakistan Stock Exchange. Today we have gathered here to honour these men and distribute amongst those that shot the terrorists, the injured and the families of those who lost their lives, the cheques of support they rightly deserve. It is but a small measure of compensation as compared to the tremendous sacrifice they gave by paying the ultimate price of laying down their lives or getting injured for the great cause of defending an important economic installation of their homeland”.
The event was gracefully concluded by the unveiling of the plaque in memory of the brave men who lost their lives in the cause of duty and defence of an important economic and financial installation of their motherland.