Gail, Murree (September 24, 2017): Lieutenant Arsalan Alam, who was martyred in a cross-border attack in Khyber Agency yesterday, will be laid to rest in his native village Gail near Murree today.
The 22-year-old officer was commanding a post in Rajgal Valley, which borders Afghanistan, when it came under fire from the Afghan side. Alam was martyred as a result of the attack.
The marytr will be laid to rest today in his native town of Gail, Murree with full military honours. His funeral prayers were offered at Peshawar Garrison yesterday. It was attended by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Iqbal Zafar Jhagra, Peshawar Corps Commander Lt Gen Nazir Butt, the deceased’s family members and senior military and civilian officials.
Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi expressed sorrow over the loss of life and said the war on terrorism is a matter of survival for the country. We will not rest till the elimination of terrorism from Pakistan and added operations against terrorism will continue, he had added.
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The ISPR had said in August that Operation Khyber-4 in Rajgal Valley was successfully completed. The operation was launched in July to wipe out terrorists in the valley by targeting their hideouts. The army then established a number of check posts in the border region to stem the movement of militants.