COAS visits South Waziristan, gets briefing on stabilisation operations

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APP52-29 WANA: August 29 – Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa addressing combine Jirga of elders from North and South Waziristan. APP

SOUTH WAZIRASTAN, Aug 29 (APP):Chief of Army Staff (COAS), General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Wednesday visited South Waziristan where he was briefed about stabilisation operations and progress of fencing along Pak-Afg Border in Waziristan at Angoor Adda.
The COAS appreciated quality and speed of work, said a press release issued by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).
Later, the Army Chief addressed combined Jirga of elders from North and South Waziristan at Wana. Tribal elders thanked the COAS for restoration of peace in the area, merger of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) into Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and ongoing efforts for socio-economic development in the area.
They also assured the Army Chief for their unflinching support to security forces and the State.
They highlighted requirement for additional communication infrastructure, electricity, water, educational institutions and upgraded cellular network facilities.
The COAS thanked local tribal elders for their support and cooperation for the security forces.
He said that peace had largely returned, however few improvised explosive device (IED) incidents had recently taken place in North Waziristan. No conflict ends through kinetic operations alone.
There is always a post operations rehabilitation and development effort, he said.
He said that while stability operations continued alongside border fencing, progress on socio-economic prong was also gaining momentum. The same shall get more attention through implementation of merger measures. Terrorism and development can’t go together therefore collectively we have to make sure that unrest doesn’t return, he added.
The COAS asked all the concerned, especially the local population to remain vigilant as main stakeholder to retain the attained peace and stability in the area by safeguarding the environment from inimical forces, who were eyeing to reverse the gains. He said that the suggestions offered by tribal elders were valid and most of these were already included in the mid to long term development plan of the government.
Commander Peshawar Corps and Inspector General Frontier Corps (IGFC) KP South were
also present on the occasion.