PM offers condolences to families of martyred soldiers

PESHAWAR: Prime Minister Imran Khan Thursday expressed condolence over the death of three soldiers of the Pakistan Army in a cross-border attack in North Waziristan tribal district.

In a message on Twitter, the prime minister said he salutes and bravery and sacrifices of the soldiers combating terrorists.

“My condolences & prayers go to the families of our 3 soldiers martyred while repulsing condemnable terrorist attack in Alwara area of N Waziristan. We salute the bravery & sacrifices of our soldiers in combating terrorists,” the prime minister tweeted.

Three soldiers were martyred and seven others were injured when militants based in Afghanistan attacked the Pakistan Army troops busy in the border fencing in North Waziristan on Wednesday.

According to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), a group of 60 to 70 terrorists from across the border from bases in Afghanistan attacked troops undertaking fencing effort along the Pak-Afghan border in Alwara area of North Waziristan. The attack effectively responded and repulsed by troops in area. Scores of terrorists were killed and injured. In exchange of fire three soldiers, Lance Naik Ali, Lance Naik Nazeer and Sepoy Imdadullah embraced martyrdom and seven others were injured.

The ISPR said while the Pakistani security forces are solidifying border security through fencing and construction of forts to deny liberty of action to the terrorists, Afghan security forces and the authorities need to have more effective control in border region to support Pakistan’s efforts as well as deny use of Afghan soil against Pakistan. Pakistan’s fencing effort shall continue despite all such impediments.

Afghan diplomat summoned

After the incident, Pakistan summoned Afghan Charge d’ Affaires at the Foreign Office and lodged a strong protest over the cross-border terrorist attack.

The Foreign Office said in a statement that the Afghan Charge d’ Affaires was informed that Pakistan strongly protests such provocations which were detrimental to peace and stability along Pakistan-Afghanistan border.

The Foreign Office urged the Afghan government to take immediate action against the terrorist elements on their side and ensure effective measures so that such incidents were not repeated in future.

The ISPR said Pakistan’s fencing effort at the border shall continue despite all impediments.