North Waziristan attack: 2 army officials martyred

North Waziristan attack: 2 army officials martyred

Rawalpindi (St6aff Report): Two officials of Pakistan Army were martyred on Monday, in a terrorist attack in North Waziristan Agency, the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) reported. 

The media wing of the Pakistan Armed Forces (ISPR) said that Second Lieutenant Abdul Moeed and Sepoy Basharat were martyred after terrorists opened fire on their vehicle from the surrounding mountains. 

Sepoy Basharat, 21, is from Danyor village of Gilgit-Baltistan while Moeed, also 21, hailed from Burewala, Vehari.

Further, the ISPR said Moeed had recently graduated from the Pakistan Military Academy (PMA), Kakul, while Basharat had three years of military service.

According to a message on Facebook from Moeed's cousin, the deceased belonged to the 136 Long Course of PMA and hailed from the Northern Light Infantry unit. 

"Freedom isn't free, it costs sons of the soil. Freedom that we enjoy today is owed to so many such bravehearts. Salute to our Martyrs," Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa stated.

DG ISPR Major General Asif Ghafoor shared the message on Twitter.

DG ISPR, in a series of tweets, said Pakistan has done its part and has cleared areas on its side of the border from terrorist presence.

It is pertinent to remember that recently North Waziristan was cleared of militants after the Pakistan Army launched Operation Zarb-e-Azb in June 2014. 

The retired army chief, General Raheel Sharif launched the operation, following the attack on the Karachi airport.