LAHORE: Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani said “families of martyred soldiers will receive flats” in DHA Lahore.
Speaking at the ceremony of Junior Commissioned Officers (JCO) Soldier Housing Insurance scheme on Tuesday, he added that the flats have been constructed in the form of a colony.
“The purpose of this scheme is to provide the families with a place to call home,” he said. Each family will receive one flat.
The scheme was exclusive to the army in its initial stages. However, on October 1, 2013, this benefit was extended to members of battalions who die fighting in Azad Kashmir.
Kayani said that the families are free to do what they want with the flats. “You can live in them, or put them on rent,” he said.
The only condition is that the flats can only be sold with the permission of the soldiers’ children, he added, once they are old enough to make the decision.
Everyone who dies in service will be included in the scheme, Kayani stated, regardless of the length of their service.
During the ceremony, family members of late soldiers were invited on to stage to receive keys to their new homes from the army chief.