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Five soldiers injured in ‘PTM attack’ on check post in N Waziristan: ISPR

The Inter-Service Public Relation has said that five soldiers were injured and three ‘attackers’ were killed when a group led by Ali Wazir and Mohsin Dawar attacked a security check post in North Waziristan.

The ISPR statement said that MNAs Mohsin Dawar and Ali Wazir ─ both of whom are leaders of the Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM) ─ were leading the group that attacked the check post.

It added that a group led by Mohsin Javed [Dawar] and Ali Wazir assaulted Kharqamar check post, Boyya, North Waziristan tribal district this morning. They wanted to exert pressure for the release of suspected terrorists’ facilitator arrested the other day.

The statement further said that the troops at the check post exercised maximum restraint in the face of provocation and direct firing on the post. Due to the firing of the group, five Army soldiers got injured. In exchange of fire, three individuals who attacked the post lost their lives and 10 got injured.

All injured have been shifted to Army Hospital for treatment, said the ISPR statement, adding that Ali Wazir along with eight individuals have been arrested while Mohsin Javed [Dawar] is at large.

Dawar, while speaking to VOA Deewa, denied that the group opened fire and accused the Army of initiating violence.

ISPR Director General Maj-Gen Asif Ghafoor in the evening addressed the North Waziristan tribal district incident, saying that “innocent PTM supporters/workers need care”.

“Only a few are inciting and using them against state institutions for vested agenda. No one will be allowed to undo the gains of decades-long national struggle & sacrifices especially of brave Pakistani tribals,” Maj-Gen Ghafoor said via Twitter.