Three soldiers were martyred and one terrorist was killed during an exchange of fire in Zarghoon, Marget area of Balochistan, said Pak Army’s media wing ISPR on Saturday.
“On 20 May 2023, early in the morning, a group of terrorists attacked a security forces Post established in Zarghoon, Marget Area of Balochistan. The Post had recently been established to help check extortion efforts targeting coal mines in the area,” the ISPR said in a statement.
Pak Army Troops deployed at the post retaliated readily to the fire raid thereby, pushing back the terrorists. However, in the heavy exchange of fire three soldiers embraced martyrdom while one terrorists was killed on the spot.
Based on follow up ISR effort, likely hideout of fleeing terrorists has been identified in nearby mountains and a deliberate blocking and sanitisation operation has been launched.
Currently, the operation is progressing well and security forces are maintaining pressure to deny terrorists escape from the area.
Security Forces, in step with the nation, remain determined to thwart attempts at sabotaging peace, stability and progress of Balochistan.
Army Vows to eliminate Menace terrorism
Earlier the 257th Corps Commanders’ Conference held in GHQ Rawalpindi heading by COAS General Asim Munir reviewed the domestic and regional environment including external and internal security challenges Pakistan confronts.
The Pak Army’s top brass vowed to eliminate and its fight against terrorists, extremism and instability in the country by following a “whole-of-the-system” approach which was approved by the government.
The Corps conference under the chair of Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Asim Munir, affirmed that the military leadership is cognizant of the full spectrum of the challenges and it “resolves to shoulder its constitutionally mandated responsibilities with the support of the resilient people of Pakistan”.
The conference reiterated the commitment of the armed forces to fully support national responses against internal & external threats. It highlighted that while security forces are undertaking intelligence-based operations in areas along the western border, there was a need to adopt a whole-of-the-nation and whole-of-the-government approach to eradicate the menace of terrorism on a long-term basis.
“This focused Counter Terrorism campaign against terrorists as approved by the Government, through the whole-of-the-system approach will lead towards eradicating permissive factors of terrorism, extremism and instability in the country,” said the ISPR.
The whole conference expressed its assurance to pursue the goals set by National Security Committee (NSC) to turn the tide against terrorism through the coordinated application of all elements of national power.