Soldier martyred in N. Waziristan


RAWALPINDI: At least one soldier was martyred in North Waziristan near the Pakistan-Afghanistan border on Sunday, according to the military’s media wing.
Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director General Major General Asif Ghafoor said that the “FC post in North Waziristan” came under attack by the terrorists in North Waziristan tribal district near the border.
“During the exchange of fire two terrorists were killed, while Lance Naik Muhammad Imran was martyred,” he said in a tweet. “Two FC personnel were also injured in the shooting,” said the ISPR chief. Fencing along the Afg-Pak border is underway to deter the militants from entering the country. The military-led massive construction program, launched in mid-2017, is installing a pair of nearly 3-meter-high chicken wire fences, with a 2-meter gap between each one, and topped with barbed wire, along the nearly 2,600-kilometer border.
Additionally, hundreds of new outposts and forts have been built or are under construction.
Pakistan says fugitive militants, after having fled counterterrorism operations, have taken refuge in Afghan border areas and plot cross-border attacks from there.
Officials insist the border fencing program will help prevent terrorist infiltration and the movements of smugglers in either direction, addressing mutual security concerns.–Agencies