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Paying price for security vacuum on Afghan side of border: DG ISPR

RAWALPINDI (APP): Director General Inter-Services Public Relations (DG ISPR) Major General Asif Ghafoor tweeted on Monday that Pakistan was paying the price for a security vacuum on the Afghan side of the border.

In a series of tweets, Major General Ghafoor spoke of a Pakistan Army captain and a soldier being martyred when fired upon by terrorists from across the border in Afghanistan.

The DG ISPR asserted that Pakistan had done its part by clearing all areas, fencing, new posts, enhanced presence along the border and establishing crossing points.

According to the military spokesman, more effort was required from all stakeholders from the Afghan side. “Lives of forces and citizens equally precious on both sides.”

Major General Ghafoor added that there is a need to eliminate terrorist sanctuaries in Afghanistan and for effective border security.

On Monday, a cross-border attack by terrorists from Afghanistan in Pakistan’s Bajaur Agency led to the martyrdom of two Pakistan Army troops.

Captain Junaid Hafeez and Sepoy Raham were martyred in the attack on a border post of the Pakistan Army. Four other Army 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.

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