Army Captain, soldier martyred

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RAWALPINDI: A cross-border attack by terrorists from Afghanistan in Pakistan’s Bajaur Agency led to the martyrdom of two Pakistan Army troops, said the Inter-Services Public Relations yesterday. Captain Junaid Hafeez and Sepoy Raham were martyred in the attack on a border post of the Pakistan Army. Four other Army troops were injured in the assault on the border post. At least eight terrorists were also killed in the attack and others were injured in retaliatory fire from the Army. The Army’s media wing added that remaining terrorists withdrew across the border after sustaining casualties. “Absence of Afghan writ on Afghan side of the border like many other areas facilitate terrorists to undertake such attempts,” said the ISPR. More efforts required on Afghanistan’s side of border DG ISPR Major General Asif Ghafoor, in a series of tweets, said Pakistan has done its part and has cleared areas on its side of the border from terrorist presence. He referred to the martyrdom of the soldiers as the price Pakistan is paying for the security vacuum on the Afghan side of the border. Elaborating further, he said more efforts and enhanced presence along the border is required by all stakeholders, including establishments of new posts, border fencing and increased patrolling. Ghafoor added that the lives of soldiers and civilians on both sides of the border are precious and further stated it requires the elimination of terrorists and their sanctuaries in Afghanistan.

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