ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said on Sunday, the sacrifices of Pakistan Army soldiers who are fighting against terrorists will not go in vain.“They will be in our hearts and prayers, and we will make sure that their sacrifices do not go in vain,” a statement issued by the PM House quoted the premier as saying.The statement comes in wake of an armed clash in Shawal Valley of North Waziristan Agency on Saturday between troops of the Pakistan Army and terrorists, in which as many as 19 militants were killed while four military men, including an officer, also died in the skirmish.
Further, the prime minister offered his condolences to the bereaved families of the four military personnel who were martyred in Shawal. “Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif sends his condolences to the families and loved ones of those who lost their lives in the struggle against terrorism in Shawal,” the statement read.PM Nawaz lauded the courage and bravery of the valiant soldiers who had laid down their lives while defending their homeland. “These men showed bravery and courage till their very last breath… they put the nation and its future before their own,” he said.
However, the prime minister emphasised that there is little room for complacency as the nation is passing through a critical stage. “This is a battle of good vs evil and what defines us as a people, those who lost their lives today in this never-ending struggle are worthy of being called pride of our nation,” Nawaz said.Meanwhile, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif has vowed to exterminate terrorists from every nook and corner of the country.“Determined to finish all terrorists from their pockets in every nook & corner of country,” DG ISPR Lt-Gen Asim Saleem Bajwa on Sunday said in one of his Twitter messages while quoting the army chief.