ISLAMABAD, Jan. 30 (Xinhua) — A Pakistani soldier, who was injured in firing across the Afghan border on Sunday, died of wounds at a military hospital on Monday, the military said.
The army spokesman said, “terrorists fired from across on a Pakistani Post in Khyber Agency,” critically injuring a soldier Waqas, who was performing duty at the border post.
“Today, the injured soldier embraced shahadat (martyrdom) at the Combined Military Hospital in the northwestern city of Peshawar,” a statement from the army’s Inter-Services Public Relations said.
Army Chief Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa acknowledged the sacrifice of Waqas for “security of our Motherland,” the statement said.
“Terrorists are resorting to fire from across the border, taking advantage of weak border control on Afghanistan side. There is a requirement to check terrorists’ freedom of movement on the Afghan side of the border,” the army said.
Pakistani security officials have long been saying that the militants have crossed into Afghanistan as the result of major operations in the country’s tribal regions.
The Pakistani militants routinely attack the border posts from across the border, the military says.
Pakistan and Afghanistan have a nearly 2,600-km border, mostly porous.