Terrorists firing from Afghanistan martyrs soldier: army

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan military has said that a soldier was martyred in firing from the Afghan side of the border on Saturday.

An army statement said terrorists fired from across the border on newly established Pakistani Border post in Rajgal mountains region in Khyber Agency.

Lieutenant Arsalan Alam, the Officer Commanding that post got hit while performing his duties and was killed, statement the army’s media wing Inter-Services Public Relations said.

Lt Arsalan Alam, 22, was the only son of his parents with three sisters,  family sources said.

Pakistan has established several posts in Rajgal valley to stop the cross-border movement of the militants, particularly the Islamic State, who reportedly operate from parts of eastern Nangarhar province.

Pakistani ground forces, backed by air power, launched major operation in Rajgal in July this year after some militants revealed during investigations that they have contacts with the militants of Islamic State in Afghan side of the border and use the rugged mountainous region in Rajgal for crossing the border.

The operation in Rajgal Valley, located at a height of nearly 4,200 meters above sea level, and had eight passes of which the militants would use to enter Pakistan for their activities, was concluded in late August, according to the army.

The militants would previously exploit the absence on the ground of Pakistani forces in Rajgal, which borders Afghanistan Nangarhar province.