PM Imran salutes armed forces personnel, condoles with families of martyrs
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday saluted the armed forces personnel who continue to lay down their lives fighting terrorists to keep the nation safe.
The prime minister said this in a tweet after 10 Pakistani soldiers embraced martyrdom in two separate terrorist attacks in Balochistan province and in North Waziristan tribal district from across the Pak-Afghan border.
“I salute our armed forces personnel who continue to lay down their lives fighting terrorists to keep the nation safe. My condolences & prayers go to the families of the 10 brave soldiers, including an officer, martyred fighting terrorists in North Waziristan & Balochistan today,” he said in his tweet.
Meanwhile, Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa also saluted the martyrs of the armed forces and their families.
“Salute to martyrs & families. We shall ensure defence & security of motherland at the cost of our sweat & blood,” the army chief said in a statement.
“These are dying efforts of frustrated inimical forces while Pakistan moves from stability to enduring peace. It’s time for the world to facilitate regional peace,” he said.
The latest military casualties come days after the Pakistani civilian and military leaders, led by Prime Minister Imran Khan, discussed the regional security situation with their American counterparts in Washington.
“We have had 15 years of fighting this war on terror. Over 70,000 Pakistani casualties. Over $150 billion lost to the economy. So, we desperately want peace,” Prime Minister Imran had said.
“The US leadership acknowledged contributions of Pakistan Army in war against terrorism and role towards Afghan peace process,” the ISPR said following the army chief’s meeting with his US counterparts at the Pentagon.
A young army officer was among the 10 soldiers martyred during the two separate terrorist attacks on Saturday.
The first incident took place in North Waziristan tribal district where six Pakistan Army soldiers were martyred when terrorists opened fire on them from across the Pak-Afghan border.