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Tuesday Nov 14 2017
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GEO NEWS

Funeral prayers of martyred captain held in Islamabad

By
GEO NEWS
The funeral prayers were attended by senior civil and military officials. Photo: Geo News

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 attended the prayers, held in Burma Town, Islamabad

Along with Captain Hafeez, Sepoy Raham also embraced martyrdom in Monday's attack.

Four other troops were injured in the assault on the border post, according to the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR).

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, in a series of tweets, said Pakistan has done its part and has cleared areas on its side of the border from terrorist presence.

He referred to the martyrdom of the soldiers as the price Pakistan is paying for the security vacuum on the Afghan side of the border.

Elaborating further, he said more efforts and enhanced presence along the border is required by all stakeholders, including establishments of new posts, border fencing and increased patrolling. 

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