Rawalpindi (Web Desk): The security forces eliminated nine terrorists during combing and clearance operation after a terrorist attack on Pakistan Air Force's (PAF) Mianwali Training Air Base was thwarted in Mianwali, the military's media wing said on Saturday.
According to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the successful operation was launched by security forces to eliminate any potential threat in the surrounding area following the cowardly and failed terrorist attack on the base this morning.
"No functional operational assets of the PAF were harmed, with only minimal damage sustained by the three already phased out non-operational aircraft during the attack," the statement said.
The military's media wing said that that the prompt and professional conclusion of the operation serves as a stark reminder to all enemies of peace that Pakistan's Armed Forces remain vigilant and are fully capable of defending the homeland from any threat.
Meanwhile, Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar on Saturday commended the PAF for thwarting the terrorist attack on its training in Mianwali.
“The valiant Pakistan Air Force has once again proven its mettle by thwarting a base cowardly terrorist attack in Mianwali,” the prime minister wrote on X, (formerly) twitter.
He said any attempt to undermine the security would meet with unwavering resistance.
"The nation stands with you and we salute your courage and resolve," PM Kakar said.
The valiant Pakistan Air Force has once again proven its mettle by thwarting a cowardly terrorist attack in Mianwali. Any attempt to undermine our security will meet with unwavering resistance. The nation stands with you and we salute your courage and resolve.— Anwaar ul Haq Kakar (@anwaar_kakar) November 4, 2023
President Dr Arif Alvi also “denounced” the attack and expressed “satisfaction” at its failure, the Radio Pakistan reported.
He also strongly condemned the yesterday attack in Gwadar, he was quoted as saying that “terrorists are enemies of Pakistan and efforts will continue for their complete elimination”.
Caretaker interior minister Sarfraz Bugti said that the names of terrorists involved in today’s and yesterday’s attacks “must have been different but the enemy behind the scenes is the same”.
He termed the current wave of terror a “conspiracy to make Pakistan a target of uncertainty and instability once again”.
The interior minister vowed that all civil and military institutions will unite to combat terrorism.
تمام سول اور ملٹری ادارے یک جان ہو کر خون کے آخری قطرے تک ملک کا دفاع کریں گے اور دشمنوں کی سازشوں کو ناکام بنائیں گے! 2/2 https://t.co/3uZosf0Ynf— Senator Sarfraz Bugti (@PakSarfrazbugti) November 4, 2023
Former prime minister and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) president Shehbaz Sharif also condemned the attack, saying that the “repeated attacks reveal our enemies’ desperation”.
“Prayers for the affected families and our brave security personnel”, he said while saluting the armed forces for “foiling evil plans.”
Strongly condemn the cowardly terrorist attack on the Pakistan Air Force base in Mianwali. Salute our security forces for their swift action, preventing casualties and foiling evil plans of our enemies. These repeated attacks reveal our enemies’ desperation, but we stand…— Shehbaz Sharif (@CMShehbaz) November 4, 2023
Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) co-chairman and former president Asif Ali Zardari praised the security forces as well for “risking their lives and foiling the terrorists’ plans”.
In statement shared by PPP's media cell on party’s official social media account, he was quoted as saying that the nation stood with the Pakistan Army to end terrorism.
“Our war against those who build walls of hatred will continue until the end of the last terrorist,” Pakistan's former president said.
صدر پی پی پی پی آصف علی زرداری کا میانوالی میں پاکستان ائیرفورس کے ٹریننگ ائیربیس پر دہشت گردوں کا حملہ ناکام بنانے پر سیکیورٹی فورسز کو خراج تحسین— PPP (@MediaCellPPP) November 4, 2023
پاک فوج کے بہادر جوانوں نے اپنی جان پر کھیل کر دہشت گردوں کے منصوبے کو خاک میں ملادیا، صدر آصف زرداری
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