Army bids final farewell to seven soldiers martyred in North Waziristan attack

  • COAS Qamar Bajwa offered their funeral prayers at GHQ, Rawalpindi

RAWALPINDI – Bodies of seven Pakistani soldiers who embraced martyrdom a day earlier in an anti-terror operation in North Waziristan, were sent to their respective native towns for burial with full military honours on Sunday.

Earlier, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa along with others officers offered their funeral prayers at General Headquarters (GHQ), the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a press release.

Nine terrorists were also killed in an ambush during an intelligence-based operation (IBO) in the Ghailani area of North Waziristan.

A group of militants who were reported to have infiltrated from across the border was involved in the attack and apparently hiding in the compound.

The soldiers who embraced martyrdom were identified as Captain Junaid, Havaldar Ameer, Havaldar Asif, Havaldar Naseer, Havaldar Abdul Razzaq, Sepoy Samiullah, and Sepoy Anwar.

Capt Junaid of Murree tehsil was unmarried.
Havaldar Ameer of Gilgit district is survived by a wife, two sons and a daughter.
Havaldar Asif of Khanewal district is survived by his wife, parents, seven sisters and a brother.
Havaldar Naseer of Diamer district’s Chilas area is survived by his wife and mother.
Havaldar Abdul Razzaq of Astore district is survived by a wife, a son and five daughters.
Sepoy Anwar Jan of Gilgit Baltistan’s Ghizer district was unmarried.
Sepoy Samiullah of GB’s Hunza district was unmarried.

The area was cleared following the operation and the deceased terrorists were being identified, the ISPR statement added.