Funeral prayers held of soldier martyred in Indian firing

The troop named Imtiaz was martyred in Indian firing in Bhinbhar sector of across the LoC in wee hours of Thursday


FAISALABAD: The funeral prayers of the Pakistan Army soldier, who was martyred in unprovoked Indian firing at the Line of Control (LoC), were offered on Thursday here.

The funeral prayers of Naik Imtiaz, one of the two martyred soldiers, were offered in Government Islamia College ground. Earlier Imtiaz's body was sent to his hometown in Faisalabad. 

The Inter-Services Public Relations released pictures of the martyred Pakistan army men.

Naik Imtiaz was married and has left behind his widow and three daughters. He was martyred in Indian firing in Bhinbhar sector of across the LoC in wee hours of Thursday.

Covered in national flag, the body of the martyr reached his native town in Faisalabad on Thursday evening, with scores of people arriving to pay tributes to the martyred soldier, who laid his life while defending the homeland.

The other martyred soldier, Hawaldar Jumma Khan, will be laid to rest in his hometown Faqeer Kot tomorrow.

The ISPR said Jumma Khan who embraced shahadat at LoC hails from Astore. He was married and has one son and two daughters.

Photos of martyrs released by ISPR
Photos of martyrs released by ISPR

Two Pakistani soldiers embraced martyrdom when Indian forces resorted to unprovoked firing across the Line of Control (LoC) early on Thursday morning. The unprovoked firing at the LoC in Kel and Lipa sectors began at 2:30 AM and continued till 8:00 AM, ISPR said.

The unprovoked fire was painted as a surgical strike by senior Indian officials, in a move apparently aimed to satisfy the public.

"India conducted a surgical strike at the Line of Control on Thursday to prevent terrorists from attacking Indian soil," said India's DGMO Lt. Gen. Ranbir Singh at a press conference in New Delhi, according to Indian media.

Pakistan rebuffed the claims with the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) saying, "There has been no surgical strike by India, instead there had been cross border fire initiated and conducted by Indian forces which is an existential phenomenon".

Of late, tensions soared high between the two nuclear-armed adversaries over occupied Kashmir and an attack on Indian army's brigade headquarters in Uri, which left 18 soldiers dead.