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(formerly) an Indian soldier in the service of the British
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in colonial India, beginning mainly in the mid-18th century, a mercenary soldier recruited from the local population into the armies of the European colonialists (Portuguese, French, and British). The British used sepoy units extensively.

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The soldiers who embraced martyrdom include Lance Naik Irshad Hussain, Havaldar Muneer Khan, and sepoy Haq Nawaz Khan.
The martyred soldiers have been identified as Naik Inayat ullah Khattak, Sepoy Mohsin Ali Turi and Sepoy Sifat Ullah.
Two FC men including Naik Arif and Sepoy Abdul Latif died on the spot while Sepoy Faizullah succumbed to his injuries at Bolan Medical Complex.
During the exchange of fire three Security Forces personnel - Sepoy Imran aged 21 years from Dera Bugti, Sepoy Jahanzeb aged 25 years from Chakwal, Sepoy Akmal aged 23 years from Haripur and a polling staff school teacher Safi Ullah embraced martyrdom, while 14 other people including 10 Security Forces personnel and four civilians were injured.
The chief minister paid tributes to Sepoy Munir Chohan and Sepoy Amir Hussain, who were martyred due to Indian firing and extended heartfelt condolences to the heirs.
Abdul Moid and Sepoy Basharat were embraced martyrdom in result of a terrorist attack on military vehicle in North Wazristan.
Sepoy Ali Raza was declared overall best player of the Championship, whereas Sepoy Muhammad Waqas and Sepoy Sabir Hussain secured second and third positions respectively.
Second Lieutenant Abdul Moeed along with Sepoy Basharat embraced martyrdom in militants attack on an army vehicle from surrounding mountains in North Wazirstan Agency on Tuesday.
A 21-year-old Lieutenant and a Sepoy martyred in a gun attack in North Waziristan , Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) stated.
Lance Naik Salahuddin Mehsud and Sepoy Javed died in the hospital whereas Lance Naik Sher Azeem, Sepoy Ejaz, Saif-ur-Rehman, Naik Mohib, Naik Sana Ullah, Sepoy Israj and Lance Naik Naveed were still in hospital.
ISPR says that during exchange of fire, three Pakistan army soldiers Havildar Iftikhar, resident of Sargodha, Sepoy Aftab from Chitral and Sepoy Usman resident of Gujrat, embraced Shahadat.
According to the ISPR, Second Lieutenant Abdul Moeed and Sepoy Basharat were martyred after terrorists fired on their vehicle from the surrounding mountains.