Islamabad: Pakistan`s state-run television will soon air a series that pays tribute to unsung heroes of the war on terror by showcasing the exploits of several civilians and military personnel.
"Faseel-i-jaan se aagey", which showcases the stories of civilian and military heroes of the war on terror, is presented by the Inter-Service Public Relations, the publicity arm of the military, and Communications Research Strategies.
The series will begin airing on January 14.
Chief military spokesman Maj Gen Athar Abbas said the 11 episodes focused on Swat and Malakand, where the Army conducted a prolonged operation to flush out Taliban militants, and the innocent people who became victims of the barbarism of terrorists.
He said the series is an effort to present the human face of the war to the people.
Not just officers and soldiers of the Pakistan Army but the public too played their part in the struggle, he said. Extremism had taken roots in the country and all state institutions must work together to tackle the menace, said Abbas.
There is unemployment and poverty in the region where terrorism exists and these regions need to be "de-radicalised", he told the media yesterday.
The series is a good way to showcase unsung heroes, he said.
"We should tell all those who wanted to impose their opinion on us that we won`t bow before you," he added. Mediaperson and former minister Javed Jabbar said the series would provide an opportunity to the people to witness what it meant to die unnatural deaths in the line of duty, where there is no choice but to be brave.
Jabbar rued the fact that there were restrictions on portraying personnel of the judiciary and armed forces as anything but heroic.
He said everyone`s life should be truthfully depicted, because not every human being is a hero. PTV managing director Shahid Nadeem said, "We cannot pretend that terrorism is not our war and making `Faseel-i-jaan se aagey` will help in tackling the problem."
Nadeem also spoke of former Punjab governor Salmaan Taseer, who was assassinated for criticising the blasphemy law, in this context. Singers Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and Shafqat Amanat Ali have recorded the theme song for the series.