2 soldiers martyred in attack on Pak-Afghan border checkpost: ISPR

At least two soldiers were martyred and four others injured in a suspected militant attack on a checkpost near the Pak-Afghan border in Bajaur Agency on Monday, according to an Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement.
Terrorists from the Afghanistan side attempted attack on Pakistani posts along the Pak-Afghan border in Bajaur Agency. The attempt was effectively responded killing 8-10 fleeing terrorists while many seen running back were injured, ISPR said.
The martyred soldiers were identified as Capt Junaid Hafeez and Sepoy Raham.
The absence of Afghan state writ on the Afghan side of the border, like many other areas, facilitate terrorists to undertake such attempts, ISPR said.
The incident comes days after a similar attack on a checkpost at the border in Rajgal Valley left one sepoy martyred.
The ISPR in August had announced the conclusion of Khyber-4 Operation in Khyber Agency which included clearing the areas on the Pakistani side of the border.
Pakistan began fencing the Pak-Afghan border earlier this year to prevent terrorists from crossing into the country from Afghanistan.
The two countries accuse the other of harbouring their militant enemies — both deny the other’s charges.
Earlier this month, during a Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs briefing, Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua maintained that terror groups are not functioning in Pakistan, but operating from across the Pak-Afghan border.
In Afghanistan, 45 per cent of the country is not under government control, which is why the Haqqani network and other terror groups do not need a safe haven in Pakistan, she said, repeating the state’s new refrain on cross-border terrorism.