President Alvi, PM Khan condemn North Waziristan blast


President Arif Alvi  and Prime Minister Imran Khan strongly condemned the blast in North Waziristan in which four Army personnel were martyred on Friday.

At least four Pakistan Army personnel were martyred and four others were injured during a blast caused by an improvised explosive device (IED) in Kharkamar, North Waziristan.
President Alvi in a statement said miscreants were against the restoration of peace in the area, however, the nation was united against them.
He prayed for the departed souls to rest in peace and for the grant of courage to the bereaved families.
Prime Minister Imran Khan also acknowledged the sacrifices of the soldiers and said their bravery kept the nation safe.
“Deeply saddened to learn of the shahadat of three officers and one soldier from a terrorist-planted IED blast in Kharkamar, N.Waziristan. My condolences to the families of the Shuhada and prayers for recovery of the injured,” the prime minister said on Twitter.
He added, “I salute the sacrifices and bravery of our soldiers in keeping us safe. The whole nation stands behind them.”
Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan also strongly condemned the terrorist attack in North Waziristan and condoled with the families of army officers and soldier, who were martyred in the incident.
Dr Firdous in a statement said Pakistan had shown that its officers, jawans and people were united against terrorism.
“The nation is proud of its martyrs as they lay down their lives for the defence and security of the motherland, and protection of the lives of citizens,” she said.
Dr Firdous added the ghastly acts of terrorism could not waver the resolve and determination of the nation.
Read more: 3 Army officers, one soldier martyred in IED blast in NW: ISPR
According to the ISPR, the martyred personnel include “Lt Col Raashid Karim Baig resident of Karimabad, Hunza, Major Moeez Maqsood Baig resident of Karachi, Captain Arif Ullah resident of Lakki Marwat and Lance Havaldar Zaheer resident of Chakwal”.
The Army’s media wing further said, “This is the same area where forces had conducted search operations and arrested few facilitators.
“During last one month 10 security forces personnel have been martyred while 35 got injured including today’s casualties,” it added.


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