Two high-ranking officers of the Pakistan Army and a solider were martyred in a roadside blast near Pak-Afghan border, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said on Sunday.
Major General Sanaullah, Lt Colonel Tauseef and Lance Nayak Irfan Sattar were on returning after visiting the army checkposts along Pak-Afghan border in Upper Dir area when a roadside bomb exploded in Bin Shahi area, killing trio military officials on spot.
According to ISPR, two other soldiers sustained critical injuries in the blast.
The outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has claimed responsibility of the attack.
“We are at war with the Pakistan government and we are assessing their sincerity about peace talks. If we find that the government is serious, we can talk. Otherwise we will continue our attacks,” TTP spokesperson Shahidullah Shahid told a private Pakistani news channel.
The martyring of the high-ranking officers of Pakistan Army came on the time when country’s political leadership is pondering over negotiating with Taliban and put an end to a decade-long insurgency that has claimed the lives of more than 35,000 civilians and nearly 5,000 security officials.
Shahidullah Shahid demanded the government to withdraw the troops from militancy-affected areas before moving ahead with peace talks.
TTP spokesperson further said that the meeting of Taliban Shora has been summoned to examine that how much government serious is in peace talks and what should be the strategy to proceed with it.
The government-sponsored All Parties Conference (APC) held earlier this week in Islamabad had unanimously endorsed the dialogue with militants.
Meanwhile, President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif have strongly condemned the killing of army officers saying these cowardly attacks can’t deter government’s resolute to defeat terrorism.