Pakistan Army Captain Martyred in North Waziristan Clash with Terrorists

Captain Muhammad Osama bin Arshad, 24, martyred in a clash with terrorists in North Waziristan. His sacrifice strengthens our resolve to eliminate terrorism.
Pakistan Army Captain Martyred in North Waziristan Clash with Terrorists

A Pakistan Army captain was martyred during an exchange of fire with terrorists in the North Waziristan district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Tuesday, as confirmed by the military’s media wing, the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR).


Captain Muhammad Osama bin Arshad, 24, a resident of Rawalpindi district, lost his life in the fierce engagement. The ISPR statement highlighted his bravery, noting that he led his troops from the front and "having fought gallantly, made the ultimate sacrifice and embraced martyrdom."


During the confrontation, security forces effectively targeted the terrorists' position, resulting in the elimination of two terrorists. The ISPR stated that a sanitisation operation is currently underway to clear the area of any remaining threats.


"Security forces of Pakistan are determined to eliminate the menace of terrorism from the country, and such sacrifices of our brave soldiers further strengthen our resolve," the ISPR emphasized.


The banned militant group Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility for the attack.


Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif paid tribute to Captain Osama, affirming that the war against terrorism would persist until the threat is completely eradicated. "The nation salutes the soldiers who stand like an iron wall against terrorists," he said.


Interior Minister Mohsin Naqvi also honored the martyr's sacrifice, expressing his condolences to the captain’s family and stating that the nation would forever remember his bravery.


Last week, security forces killed nine terrorists in separate operations in the Khyber and Lakki Marwat districts. Pakistan has experienced a surge in terrorist activities, particularly in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan, following the TTP's decision to end its ceasefire with the government in November 2022.


An annual security report from the Centre for Research and Security Studies revealed that Pakistan recorded 1,524 violence-related fatalities and 1,463 injuries from 789 terror attacks and counter-terror operations in 2023. This marked a six-year high in violence. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan were the epicenters, accounting for over 90 percent of all fatalities and 84 percent of attacks, including incidents of terrorism and security forces operations.