5 soldiers martyred in militants attack along Pak-Afghan border

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Ambush effectively repulsed, 15 terrorists killed; Strong protest lodged with Afghan government; Pakistan, determined to eliminate terrorists: PM

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Peshawar/ Islamabad

A bloody shootout between the terrorists and the security forces following militants’ ambush at three Pakistani security posts in Mohmand agency Monday wee hours resulted in the martyrdom of five soldiers of the Pakistan army. However, the alert and valiant Jawaans of the Pakistan Army effectively repulsed the attack mowing down around a fifteen terrorists from Afghanistan.
Reports reaching here said a group of terrorists from Afghanistan launched assault on three Pakistani check-posts in the Mohmand agency with sophisticated weapons on the night between Sunday and Monday. Though the highly alert troops effectively engaged the miscreants and retaliated the attack with full might, the exchange of fire left as many as five soldiers of the Pakistan Army martyred. The shootout also resulted in the killing of at least fifteen attackers including six most wanted terrorists and wounding twenty, while others managed to flee.
“Five soldiers of the Pakistan Army were martyred and fifteen terrorists were killed and twenty wounded as terrorists from across the border attempted physical attack on three border security posts located in Mohmand Agency”, says the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) release issued on Monday adding a shoot-out took place when terrorists from across the border attacked three Pakistani security posts in the Agency on the night between Sunday and Monday.
“The effective presence, vigilance and response repulsed terrorists’ attempt”, the ISPR said. The martyred troops included Naek Sanaullah, Naek Safdar, Sepoy Altaf, Sepoy Nek Muhammad, and Sepoy Anwar.
Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa appreciated Pakistan Army’s befitting response to the terrorist attack. He said the terrorists are a common enemy and coordinated efforts are required to check free movement of terrorists on the border.
“Terrorists must be denied freedom of movement along the border,” Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa was quoted as saying in the statement. He also expressed grief over the loss of precious lives.
Funeral prayers of the five Pakistan Army troops, who were martyred in terrorists attack in Mohmand Agency, were offered in Peshawar on Monday.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Iqbal Zafar Jhagra Chief minister Pervez Khattak, Corps Commander Lt General Nazir Ahmed Butt and other senior serving Civil and military officers and soldiers attended the funeral prayers. Bodies of the martyrs were taken to their native areas where they will be buried with full military honour.
The Pakistani authorities have recorded strong protest against Afghanistan on Monday. The Afghanistan Deputy Head of Mission Abdul Nasir Yousafi was summoned by the foreign office on Monday and the authorities gave him in writing there grave concern and strong protest was expressed over the cross border aggression and martyrdom of Pakistani troops.
While the militants from the neighbouring Afghanistan have been crossing into Pakistani territory for the last many years and lunching assaults both on the security forces as well as the local people mostly in Bajaur and Mohmand agencies and Dir district, the Afghan National Army also spare no opportunity to launch assaults on the Pakistani security forces striving to restore the state writ in the region
In the process large number of men in uniform and the innocent locals including female and children have been killed by the intruders though in retaliatory fire the Pakistani security forces also mowed down scores of miscreants from the other side of the border.
The Military authorities as well as the Pakistani government have been lodging strong protest with the previous Afghan government over this naked aggression asking those at the helm of affairs to check the ambushes launched by the miscreants from their safe heavens inside Afghanistan, but the US influenced Afghan government never paid heed to this serious and continued violation of the territorial integrity of the neighbouring Pakistan. The Afghan government instead of adopting the corrective measures always only resorted to blame game and attempted to hold Pakistan responsible for the unrest in the region.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said the sacrifices rendered by the country’s soldiers while defending the motherland were the “real lifeline of nation.”
“The soldiers who sacrificed their life are our real heroes and the nation promises to honour them by standing firm against terrorists nefarious designs to hit at our way of life,” PM Nawaz said in a statement condemning the attack.
He expressed grief over the martyrdom of army personnel who lost lives while engaging with the suspected militants.
The prime minister said that Pakistan would become stronger, “because our men in uniform are vigilant at our borders and in urban centres.”

“Terrorists are mistaken if they think they can weaken the resolve of our nation,” he said.

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