Solider martyred in Afghan cross-border terror attack

A Pakistan Army soldier embraced martyrdom while thwarting a terrorist attack from Afghanistan in the Dwatoi area of North Waziristan district.

According to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the incident took place on September (19) Monday.

It said that the terrorists from inside Afghanistan opened fire on Pakistani troops, which was responded (to) in a befitting manner. “As per credible intelligence reports, the terrorists suffered heavy casualties.”

Sepoy Nazar Muhammad (34), a resident of Jaffarabad, fought gallantly and embraced martyrdom during the exchange of fire.

“Pakistan strongly condemns the use of Afghan soil by terrorists for activities against it and expects that the Interim Afghan government will not allow conduct of such activities in future,” the ISPR said. The Pakistan Army, it added, was determined to defend the country’s borders against the menace of terrorism and “such sacrifices of our brave soldiers further strengthen our resolve”.

Earlier this month, three Pakistani soldiers embraced martyrdom when, the army said, terrorists from Afghanistan opened fire on their post.

Terrorists from across the border continue to pose a security threat to Pakistan despite Afghan Taliban takeover and promises by the interim government not to allow Afghan soil to be used against its neighbour.

Separately, a farmer was wounded in a landmine blast in the Shangak area of Parachinar near Pakistan-Afghanistan border on Tuesday morning. Police said the farmer, Hadi Hussain, was working in his fields when he stepped over a landmine. The injured was rushed to the Parachinar District Headquarters Hospital (DHQ) for medical treatment. In the same area, a child had also sustained injuries in a landmine blast few days earlier.