The terrorists on Sunday targeted Security Forces’s post in Mach, Balochistan, where a Sepoy embraced martyrdom and two other soldiers got injured while promptly responding the attack.
The Frontier Corps (FC) troops responded promptly whereas the martyred (shaheed) was identified as Sepoy Irfan who embraced shahadat while two other soldiers were injured during the exchange of fire, said an ISPR news release here received.
Pakistan Army remains committed to defeating such cowardly acts by externally sponsored terrorist elements, the Armed Forces media wing said.
Terrorists targeted Security Forces’s post in Mach, #Balochistan
Frontier Corps (#FC) troops respond immediately
— Pakistan Armed Forces 🇵🇰 (@PakistanFauj) September 26, 2021
It added, “Terrorists will not be allowed to sabotage the hard earned peace in the country.”
Pakistan counter-terrorism units efforts against IS presence
The counter-terrorism department provided no further details and the nationality of the slain militants was not immediately known. The counter-terrorism police is a special branch of the police that fights militant groups.
Quetta is the capital of Baluchistan province where IS group has claimed several attacks in recent years. IS has regional affiliates in both Pakistan and neighboring Afghanistan. The regional presence of IS is a serious security concern for Pakistan.
The establishment and law enforcement authorities are working towards strict and tight security measures to prevent IS threat brimming at Pakistan’s borders. Also, Pakistan desires a peaceful political settlement in Afghanistan and an assurance that Afghan soil will not be used as a haven for militants like the IS.
Pakistan’s counter-terrorism efforts to control Baluchistan’s volatile situation
Baluchistan is also the scene of a low-level insurgency by Baluch separatist groups, which have also targeted non-Baluch laborers. However, unlike IS, they have no history of attacks on the minority Shiite community. The insurgency movements in Baluchistan along with terrorist attacks on people and properties have enabled Pakistan’s counter-terrorism units to become proactive.
As Baluchistan is a province filled with ample resources and has the Gwadar Port, safeguarding security in the province to ensure economic prosperity is a vital concern of Pakistan’s counter-terrorism units.
APP with additional input by GVS News Desk