Martyred captain Junaid laid to rest in Islamabad

Islamabad: Funeral prayers of Captain Junaid Hafeez, who was martyred in an attack on a border post of the Pakistan Army by terrorists from Afghanistan, were held on Tuesday. Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal and Minister of State for Capital Administration and Development Tariq Fazal Chaudhry including army and civil officers and notables of the the area attended the funeral prayers. Later the slain captain was buried with full military honour at a local graveyard in Burma town Islamabad. A floral wreath was also placed on his grave on behalf of the COAS, Qamar Javed Bajwa.

Sepoy Raham also embraced martyrdom in Monday’s attack. According to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), four other troops were injured in the assault on the border post. At least eight terrorists were also killed in the attack and others were injured in retaliatory fire from the army, according to the ISPR. The army’s media wing added that remaining terrorists withdrew across the border after sustaining casualties.

“Absence of Afghan writ on the Afghan side of the border like many other areas facilitate terrorists to undertake such attempts,” said the ISPR. DG ISPR Major General Asif Ghafoor said Pakistan has done its part and has cleared areas on its side of the border from terrorist presence but a security vacuum exists on the Afghan side of the border and Pakistan is paying for it.

He further added that more efforts and enhanced presence along the border is required by all stakeholders, including establishments of new posts, border fencing and increased patrolling as the life of forces and citizens is precious on both sides of the border.

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