- PM condemns attack
- COAS says freedom is not free, it costs sons of the soil
RAWALPINDI: Two officials of the Pakistan Army were martyred in a terrorist attack in North Waziristan Agency.
The Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) said on Tuesday that Second Lieutenant Abdul Moeed and Sepoy Basharat were martyred after terrorists fired on their vehicle from the surrounding mountains.
Moeed had recently graduated from the Pakistan Military Academy, Kakul, while Basharat had three years of military service.
Sepoy Basharat, 21, is from Danyor village of Gilgit-Baltistan while Majeed, also 21, hailed from Burewala, Vehari.
Tribal sources informed that two personnel were also injured in the attack. The dead bodies and injured persons were shifted to the Agency headquarter in Miranshah.
So far no any group or individual claimed responsibility for the attack but the authorities have termed it an act of terror.
Soon after the attack, security forces cordoned off the area and carried out a search operation.
PM EXPRESSES GRIEF:
Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, condemning the incident, extended his condolences to the bereaved families and prayed to Almighty Allah for blessing the departed souls with eternal peace.
The prime minister stated that the sacrifices of precious human lives in the war against terrorism will always be remembered.
Meanwhile, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Qamar Jawed Bajwa was quoted as saying in a tweet by ISPR Director General Major General Asif Ghafoor that “freedom is not free, it costs sons of the soil. Freedom that we enjoy today is owed to so many such brave hearts. Salute to our martyrs.”
“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”COAS. pic.twitter.com/GVTOnmTrWn
— Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor (@OfficialDGISPR) December 12, 2017
‘PROUD OF MY SON’, SAYS MOTHER OF MARTYRED ARMY OFFICER:
The mother of 21-year-old Second Lieutenant Abdul Moeed Shaheed told a private media outlet that she is proud of her son and the profession he chose.
Speaking about her son, Moeed, she said that “he earned respect for himself and us”.
The eldest of four siblings, Moeed would always get gifts for them and repeatedly ask his mother to tell him what she wanted, the mother recalled.
“He took really good care of all of us. He would always serve me and fill my plate before his own,” she said further.