RAWALPINDI – Army Chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani Friday said that Pakistan is a peace loving nation and focus of its armed forces has always remained on defending and serving the country."We are a peace loving nation and harbour no aggressions towards anyone but at the same time we value our freedom and independence more than anything else," he told participants of launching ceremony of a book on Major Shabir Sharif Shaheed's heroic life as military officer.The armed forces are fully prepared to ensure sovereignty and dignity of the country, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Kayani said, speaking at the General Headquarters (GHQs) here. General Kayani paid tribute to Major Shabir Sharif Shaheed (Nishan-e-Haider) and termed him one of the most courageous military officers and symbol of bravery and valour for the new generation.Appreciating the role and sacrifices of young officers in the war against terrorism, he said, “The young officers have set examples for us and we should acknowledge the dedication of our brave soldiers who are taking pride by laying their lives for the nation." He said the ratio of martyred officers and soldiers is 1-10 which reflects their resolve and commitment. He also appreciated the writer of "What more can a solider desire" who has highlighted several aspect of life and role of Major Shabir. He said Colonel (r) Azam Qadri has made the epic life of the legendary solider more memorable than ever through his remarkable effort of collecting and compiling the shining moments of Major Shabir's career.Other speakers also paid tribute to Major Shabir and threw light on his achievement. The book is a candid account of Major Shabir's acts of valour and bravery he displayed throughout his military career and during the two Pakistan-India wars of 1965 and 1971. Major Shabir embraced Shahadat on December 6, 1971 while firing and engaging the Indian tanks in the Sulemanki Sector. Portion of the book is based upon the letters that Major Shabir wrote to the author, which contain and enumerate not only some historic facts about the Pakistan-India war of 1965, but also present a good reflection of his day-to-day life, as well as his personality. The book not only galvanises the desire of achievement but also portrays the parts of Major Shabir Sharif's life in a novel and impressive way.