Ten assaulters killed in retaliatory fire
Exploiting the absence of any control in Afghan border the terrorist from Afghanistan again resorted to another naked aggression, second within a week time, and ambushed a Pakistani Check posts in Bajaur agency that led to the martyrdom of a serving Army captain and a soldier while few others sustained serious injuries on Monday morning. The swift action from the valiant Security personnel guarding the mother land, however, left at least ten assaulters dead and several others wounded.
Hardly a few days back, it may be mentioned, a bloody shootout between the security forces and the terrorists from the hostile neighbor country in remote Rajgal Tehsil of the Khyber agency on November 9 resulted in the martyrdom of a soldier of the Pakistan Army though the retaliatory fire by the security forces also left at least five terrorists killed while equal number of others were reported injured.
Reports reaching here and confirmed by the Army’s media wing said a group of terrorists from Afghanistan crossed into Pakistani territory and ambushed security posts in Bajaur agency leaving a serving captain of the Pakistan Army Junaid Hafeez and Sepoy Reham Khan martyred. Many soldiers guarding the check posts were also reported to have sustained serious wounds.
However, the Pakistani security forces responded befittingly and in a retaliatory fire mowed down as many as ten attackers while equal numbers of other miscreants were injured. The wounded terrorists fled to Afghanistan.
“Terrorists from Afghanistan carried out an attack at Bajaur Agency along the Pak-Afghan border. Captain Junaid Hafeez and Sepoy Raham embraced martyrdom in the ambush while four others were injured. Pakistan Army gave a befitting response to the saboteurs and gunned 10 terrorists down while several of them were also wounded”. Says the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) communiqué issued on Monday.
The Army bosses believe this is mainly due to the absence of Afghan writ on Afghan side of the border that facilitates terrorists to undertake such attempts time and again. “The price we pay for security vacuum on Afghan side of the border. Salute to our martyrs who are out heroes”. Director General ISPR Major General Asif Ghafoor tweeted Monday morning.
The DG ISPR in a series of tweets asserted that Pakistan had done its part by clearing all areas, fencing, new posts, enhanced presence along the border and establishing crossing points.
He insisted that more effort was required from all stakeholders from the Afghan side. “Lives of forces and citizens equally precious on both sides.”
Major General Ghafoor asserted there was a need to eliminate terrorist sanctuaries in Afghanistan and ensure effective border security.
In fact the naked aggression across the border continued unabated in our tribal belt since long. While the militants from the neighboring 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 neighboring 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.