Five Pakistanis soldiers martyred in Afghan cross-border firing

Five Pakistanis soldiers martyred in Afghan cross-border firing

Islamabad (Web Desk): At least five Pakistanis soldiers embraced martyrdom in exchange of fire with terrorists from across the border with Afghanistan, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said on Sunday.

“Terrorists from inside Afghanistan across the international border opened fire on Pakistani troops in Kurram District,” said a statement issued by the military’s media wing.

Pakistani troops responded in a “befitting” manner causing heavy causalities to the terrorists, the statement added.

However, a result of exchange of fire, five Pakistani soldiers embraced martyrdom.

The martyred soldiers include Lance Naik Ajab Noor (resident of Karachi, age 34 years), Sepoy Ziaullah Khan (resident of Lakki Marwat, age 22 years), Sepoy Naheed Iqbal (resident of Karak, age 23 years, Sepoy Sameerullah Khan (resident of Bannu, age 18 years) and Sepoy Sajid Ali (resident of Bahawalnagar, age 27 years).

According to the ISPR, Pakistan condemned the use of Afghan soil by terrorists for activities against Pakistan. “[Islamabad] expects that the interim Afghan government will not allow conduct of such activities against Pakistan in future.”

“[The] Pakistan Army is determined to defend Pakistan’s borders against the menace of terrorism and such sacrifices of our brave men further strengthen our resolve,” read the statement.