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Army officer killed in Tirah valley blast

Updated Jun 13, 2013 07:17am


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Lt Colonel Sajid Mushtaq.—Photo from Dawn
Lt Colonel Sajid Mushtaq.—Photo from Dawn

LANDI KOTAL: A lieutenant colonel of Pakistan Army was killed when he stepped over an explosive device during a search operation in Tirah valley of Khyber Agency on Wednesday.

The ISPR (Inter-Services Public Relations) said in a statement that Lt Col Sajid Mushtaq was leading an operation to clear the Gulbai area of Maidan when an improvised explosive device exploded in a house. Lt Col Mushtaq died on the spot.

The operation was launched after government forces had pushed militants out of the area.

The body of Lt Col Mushtaq was airlifted to Peshawar from where it would be taken to Lahore for funeral to be held on Thursday.

He is survived by his wife and two children.

Meanwhile, Dawn has learnt from independent sources that the bodies of 23 militants were lying in the Dwa Thoe area. But it is not known when these militants were killed.

The army on June 9 claimed to have killed 35 militants in three days of fighting.

The ISPR said that government forces had cleansed about 50 per cent of the area of the Taliban.


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Comments (17) Closed

bangash Jun 13, 2013 07:47am

Rest in peace shaheed.

kintakunta Jun 13, 2013 08:07am

May the Martyred soul rest in peace. Aamin!

syed baqar ahsan Jun 13, 2013 08:37am

Very sad, glaring mistake of Gen Zia ul Haq and his team of generals at that is being paid by junior lot of army for the last 35 years.

MSA Jun 13, 2013 08:45am

The government still wants to negotiate with TTP!

TheQ Jun 13, 2013 08:52am

Killed? How about Shaheed? Not "Dawn News" enought for you? Give the man his due stature at least.

Qazi Jun 13, 2013 10:36am

In my view he is not dead. He is a martyr. May ALLAH bless him and his family. Salam to Lt Col Sajid

JAVAID R BAKHSH Jun 13, 2013 11:31am

My heart & prayers goes out to his family. Leading from the front, that's what Pakistan army officers are about, Col Sajid makes us all proud. God bless his soul, Ameen.

Imran Haider Jun 13, 2013 01:50pm

Salutes and prayers for the officer and his family. May he get the best in his next abode. Ameen.

Losing a Lt. Colonel is really a big loss, even for the Army. But his martyrdom shows that he was leading his men from the front; a real soldier and a true leader. I'm proud of having such souls as our defenders.

A Kashmiri Jun 13, 2013 01:54pm

RIP, May your soul be blessed. Pakistan Hameyshah Zindabad.

A Kashmiri Jun 13, 2013 01:58pm

Pakistan Army - there is no doubt that you are the best.

gul Jun 13, 2013 04:30pm

RIP sir and respect. Thousands of soldiers and there officers have sacrificed there lives fighting against these lunatics Taliban (Janwars).

Zar Khan Jun 13, 2013 05:52pm

Thank You for your service to the nation. We will be eternally grateful.

Irfan Baloch Jun 13, 2013 06:01pm

@TheQ: in Pakistan shaheed is used for TTP & Al Qaeda terrorists not for our soldiers. there is one Imam in the capital who even goes as far as saying that Pakistani soldiers dont even deserve Islamic funeral if they die at the hand of taliban imagine that Jun 13, 2013 09:03pm

May Allah rest his soul in Heaven,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,high time for nation to know about the secrifcies made by the gallant soldiers of Islam and Pakistan,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,they are awake,,,,,,,,,,,meet Shahadat and we sleep,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Best f luck Pak Army

Shaikh Mohommd Jun 13, 2013 09:53pm

When will Pakistan Army say "Enough is Enough" and stop this "war on terror" initiated by Washington? How many more Army personnel should be killed before this conflict comes to an end? Any Answers

naveed ahmed Jun 13, 2013 10:41pm

I am Naveed from Birmingham UK ,I personally knows Col Sajaid, because he is the younger brother of my child hood friend,He was very brave ,and smart,.....only the thing is good people leaves this world. and bad are remain, at least he is enjoying in Haven.

MUHAMMAD NADEEM ARIF Jun 15, 2013 09:32pm

HE IS A best officer in pak army he is done best job in pak army he is a very brave men