RAWALPINDI: Pakistan’s army chief has reiterated the resolve and unflinching commitment of the country’s military to fight the menace of terrorism at any cost in accordance with the will of the nation.
According to a statement issued by the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) Directorate here on Monday, Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani vowed to spare no effort in bringing the perpetrators of the cowardly acts of terrorism to justice.
Reaffirming the army’s support to the political process, General Kayani also said unequivocally that terrorists will not be allowed to take advantage of it. While it is understandable to give peace a chance through a political process, he reemphasized, “but no one should have any misgivings that we would let terrorists coerce us into accepting their terms. Army has the ability and the will to take the fight to the terrorists.”
General Kayani lauded the ultimate sacrifice of the martyrs and injured of the four cowardly acts of terrorism which took place in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and two settled districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province during last two days.
On the night between September 14 and 15, terrorists attacked a patrolling party of Khassadar force (tribal police) near Bannu. The attack was repulsed by the patrolling party. The encounter, however, resulted in martyrdom of one and injuries to four personnel.
Later, during early hours of September 15, two of the army posts, located on Miranshah-Mir Ali Road, were targeted by terrorists with IEDs. The posts along the road are meant to maintain uninterrupted and secure traffic flow. One army soldier and one of FC soldier laid their lives for the motherland whereas two soldiers sustained injuries in these attacks.
The most heinous act of terrorism took place at 12.30 p.m. on September 15 near Gatkotal village in Upper Dir district. This too was an IED attack on the vehicle of Major General Sanaullah Khan Kayani, the general officer commanding (GOC) of 17 Division presently operating in Swat.
The general officer along with Lieutenant Colonel Tauseef Ahmed and Lance Naik Irfan Sattar embraced martyrdom in this attack. Major General Sanaullah was visiting the troops deployed on Pak-Afghan border. He had a night stay with troops at 10,000-foot high border post in Bin Shahi sector. His vehicle was targeted when he was on his way back.
The army chief paid rich tributes to the exemplary courage, total commitment to duty and the demonstration of the highest leadership qualities by Major General Sanaullah Khan and he set towering example of leading from the front, which is the hallmark of leadership in the Pakistan Army.
Acknowledging the GOC’s ultimate sacrifice for the motherland, General Kayani said: “We all salute his bravery.” He also pledged to stand with the families of the martyrs and injured. “Pakistani nation and army will remain indebted to the sacrifices of their soldiers,” he said.