ISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi Thursday said that Pakistani soldiers had been paying the price of freedom with blood offering supreme sacrifice in fight on terrorism.

In a message of condolence to the family of Colonel Sohail Abid who was martyred in an operation against terrorists in Balochistan, he said: “our valiant forces will not rest till last trace of terrorist elements is wiped out from country soil.” PM Abbasi said entire nation is united than ever against the coward enemy.

Meanwhile, former President Asif Ali Zardari also expressed his profound grief and sorrow over the martyrdom of Colonel Abid and paid him tributes. In a statement, he said that soldiers who defended their country from enemies were heroes of the nation.

Zardari said the Bhutto family and Pakistan People’s Party salute the young soldiers who were always ready to protect the country.

He said that Bhutto family along with PPP stood in solidarity with the family of Colonel Abid. Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq also expressed grief over the martyrdom of Colonel Sohail Abid.