In an attack by terrorists in Sibi, Balochistan five Frontier Corps soldiers have been martyred, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) confirmed on Friday. The terrorists targeted an FC patrol party in Sangan, District Sibi. The ISPR reported that during an exchange of fire, heavy losses were inflicted on to the terrorists in men and materials. A search operation has been launched to “block the escape routes of the terrorists and apprehend the perpetrators”, the ISPR said. A statement by ISPR read, “Such cowardly acts by inimical elements, backed by hostile intelligence agencies, cannot sabotage the hard earned peace and prosperity in Balochistan,” adding that the terrorists will be neutralized even at the cost of blood and lives. The martyred soldiers were: havildar Zafar Ali Khan, a resident of Lakki Marvat, lance naik Hidayatullah, a resident of Lakki Marvat, lance naik Nasir Abbas, a resident of Bhakkar, lance naik Basheer Ahmed, a resident of Naseerabad and sepoy Noor Ullah, a resident of Lakki Marvat. Balochistan Chief Minister Mir Jam Kamal Khan on Friday strongly condemned the attack on security forces in Sangan area of Sibi district. In a statement, he also expressed deep sorrow over the martyrdom of Balochistan Frontier Corps (FC) personnel in the terrorist attack. He paid rich tribute to the great sacrifice of the martyrs of FC personnel and saluted the eternal sacrifices of the security martyrs, saying sacrifices of security forces would not be wasted. He said that the nation is united for the complete eradication of the scourge of terrorism. Jam Kamal Khan further said that no one would be allowed to disrupt the peace of the province at any cost, adding some anti-state elements wanted to destabilize peace in the province through sabotage activities with the aim to halt the development of the projects in the area. He said the nefarious design of terrorists would be eliminated from the country and the province under the contribution of people and our brave security forces. The Chief Minister expressed his heartfelt sympathy and condolences to the families of the martyrs. Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain on Friday vehemently condemned terrorists’ attack on FC patrolling team in Sibi, Balochistan. In a condolence message, he said those who sacrificed their lives for the sake of the country were the real heroes of the nation. However, the anti state elements would not succeed in their nefarious designs. Acknowledging the services security forces for offering great sacrifices in restoring law and order in the country, he said, the entire nation stands with the security forces in the war against terrorism and such cowardly acts cannot sabotage the government’s efforts to maintain law and order in the country. The minister prayed to the Almighty Allah to grant martyrs a high place in Jannah and grant patience to the bereaved families of the martyrs to bear the irreparable loss with patience and equanimity. Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Mahmood Khan on Friday strongly condemned the terrorists’ attack on FC contingent in Sibi district of Balochistan. In a message, the Chief Minister expressed profound grief and sorrow over the martyrdom of five FC men and extended heartfelt sympathies with the bereaved families. He also prayed for eternal peace to the martyred souls. He said such cowardice attacks could not shake the courage and resolve of the security forces adding the whole nation stands by its forces in war against terrorism. Balochistan Home Minister Mir Ziaullah Longove on Friday strongly condemned the incident of firing on security forces in the Sangan area of Sibi district. He said the entire nation stands with the security forces against terrorism till their elimination from the country. He also paid homage to martyrs of security forces and we are proud of them while their sacrifice would never be in vain. He also prayed to Allah Almighty to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to the bereaved family to bear the loss with fortitude. Speaker Balochistan Assembly Abdul Quddus Bizenjo on Friday strongly condemned the attack on security forces in Sangan area of Sibi district. In a statement, he expressed his deep grief and sorrow over the loss of lives and extended his sympathy with bereaved families. He said no one would be allowed to sabotage peace while the nefarious designs of terrorists could be foiled from the country with the contribution of security forces. He said the nation was united and stand with the security forces against terrorism. Quddus Bizenjo also paid homage to martyrs of security forces and said we are proud of them while their sacrifice would never be in vain. He also prayed to Allah almighty to rest the departed souls in eternal peace and grant courage to the bereaved family to bear the losses with fortitude.