Four troops martyred in AJK as vehicle falls into ravine

RAWALPINDI: Four soldiers on Sunday embraced martyrdom when an army quick response team vehicle, patrolling to maintain law and order during Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) elections, toppled while taking a steep turn in Laswa area and fell into a ravine.

According to Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), three other soldiers and a civil driver suffered injuries in the unfortunate incident.

The military’s media wing added the injured had been taken to a nearby medical facility for “necessary care”.

The four martyred soldiers included Subedar Liaqat Ali, a resident of Gujranwala. He has left behind two sons and a daughter. Sepoy Sultan Mehmood, a resident of Bhimber, has left behind a daughter. Sepoy Murtaza Ahmed, a resident of Barnala district, is survived by a son. Sepoy Muhammad Zameer, a resident of Kotli, was also among them.

Troops were deployed in AJK on a “Quick Reaction Force mode” from July 22 to July 26 under Article 245 of the Constitution, the military’s media wing had notified on Thursday.

“[The] Army has been requested by the AJK Election Commission to provide secure environment during AJK elections scheduled on July 25,” a statement issued by the ISPR read.

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