Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif leaves Islamabad for Lahore
Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is leading a big peaceful rally on his way to Lahore. Thousands of PML-N workers, political leaders of his party, and members of the federal cabinet are accompanying the former prime minister. Strict security measures have been taken for the security of the participants of the rally. Earlier, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Prime Minister Azad Kashmir, Cabinet Members, other leaders and workers of PML-N wished Nawaz Sharif well when he began his journey from Islamabad this morning.
Martyrdom of four army personnel- PM says the war against terrorism is a war for the survival of Pakistan as an independent country
Four security personnel, including a Major were martyred while foiling a devastating terrorist activity at Sherotkai, Timergara in Dir. According to ISPR, Major Ali Salman along with his team conducted an Intelligence Based Operation against a terrorist hideout in the area in the wee hours. The martyred security personnel include Major Ali Salman, Havaldar Ghulam Nazir, Havaldar Akhtar and Sepoy Abdul Karim.
Meanwhile, while expressing deep grief, Prime Minsiter Shahid Khaqan Abbasi saysour valiant forces have inflicted huge damage upon terrorist elements, but at the same time they have rendered huge sacrifices. Each drop of blood of our heroes is a testament to the fact that we all are united as a nation to cleanse our beloved motherland from terrorist elements.
Analysts on Telephone:
Lt. Gen. Retd. Naeem Khalid Lodhi (Former Secretary Defence)
The whole nation stands with our valiant armed forces. Pakistan army is undoubtedly one of the best armies in the world and the sacrifices rendered in fight against terrorism are unmatched. Our nation has suffered a lot in wake of such challenge to eliminate the menace of terrorism from our country. International community should support and acknowledge Pakistan's counter-terrorism efforts.
Brig. (R) Said Nazeer Ahmad (Defence Analyst)
We have been rendering sacrifices for last so many years but the time has come near to get rid of such menace. Pakistan has achieved remarkable successes in Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad. Pakistani armed forces are fully capable to defend their motherland from terrorism. Pakistan is fighting this crucial and expensive war all alone.
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