Five Pakistan soldiers killed in Afghan border firing
RAWALPINDI: Five Pakistan Army soldiers were killed in intense cross-border firing from Afghanistan, Pakistan’s Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said on Sunday.
The ISPR statement said, “Pakistan strongly condemns the use of Afghan soil by terrorists for activities against Pakistan and expects that the interim Afghan government will not allow the conduct of such activities against Pakistan in future.”
“Militants from inside Afghanistan across the international border opened fire on Pakistani troops in Kurram district,” the Pakistani military’s media wing said in a statement.
Taliban have denied their involvement in the attack. “We assure other countries, especially our neighbours, that no one will be allowed to use Afghan land against them,” deputy spokesman for Afghanistan’s Taliban government Bilal Karimi said.
Pakistan’s interior minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed condemned the attack and said in a statement, “As per its promises, the Taliban government should stop such cross-border militants attacks.”
“We pay tribute to the sacrifices made by the security forces, the sacrifices made by the security forces for the homeland will not go in vain,” Ahmed added.
The five soldiers who died during the intense exchange of firing included 34-year-old Lance Naik Ajab Noor (resident of Karachi), 22-year-old Sepoy Ziaullah Khan (resident of Lakki Marwat), 23-year-old Sepoy Naheed Iqbal (resident of Karak), 18-year-old Sepoy Sameerullah Khan (resident of Bannu) and 27-year-old Sepoy Sajid Ali (resident of Bahawalnagar).