Containers removed from motorway after Army officer martyred in accident

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RAWALPINDI: The government removed containers from the roads linking Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province with Punjab after an army colonel embraced martyrdom on Saturday in an accident on motorway.

Lt Col Shahid embraced martyrdom while Maj Jalal got seriously injured on the motorway near Hazro, an ISPR press release said.

According to details, the officers were going back to Nowshera from Rawalpindi in a military convoy on Saturday evening.

“At around 2000 hrs, routes were blocked with containers, both officers got down from vehicles and were on foot to find an alternative route for convoy. In the dark, both fell from the road edge into a deep ditch along the Motorway near Hazro,” said the press release.

Meanwhile, Federal Minister for Interior and Narcotics Control Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Saturday directed to remove all barricades from the roads linking KP with the rest of the country.

According to a spokesman of the Interior Ministry, barricades were placed at certain places on motorway as a gang of around 900 armed men attempted to enter into the federal capital.

He said an ambush took place at Attock Bridge between local police and the armed men.

Even the local station house officer was also tortured.

The armed men left the area after the additional force was called out, he added.

He said barricades were now being removed after the situation returned to normalcy.

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