COAS visits forward locations in North, South Waziristan; spends day with troops, tribesmen

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RAWALPINDI, June 14 (APP): Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General
Raheel Sharif on Tuesday visited forward locations in North and
South Waziristan and spent whole day with the tribes and troops busy
in consolidation phase of Operation Zarb-e Azb.

According to ISPR, COAS was given detailed briefing on ongoing
Operations and comprehensive Rehabilitation work and its effects on
the social landscape of area.

While acknowledging exceptional achievements, courage,
determination and sacrifices of troops in achieving the Operational
gains, COAS said Zarb-e-Azb was launched against terrorists of all
hues and colour and sanctuaries of terrorists have been dismantled
without discrimination.

COAS said that operation Zarb-e-Azb is in its final stage in the
fewer left out pockets.

Pakistan Army with support of the entire nation has achieved
unparalleled successes in fight against terrorism, he said.
COAS inaugurated multiple projects as part of the post operation
comprehensive rehabilitation plan for Federally Administered Tribal
Area (FATA).

He also inaugurated 72 km long Miranshah – Razmak- Makeen dual
carriage Road as part of the 705 Kms Central Trade Corridor.
The newly constructed road by FWO will considerably reduce
traveling time between North and South Wazirstan.

Later, COAS commissioned state of the art 100-bed Sheikha Fatima
Binte Mubarak hospital at Sholam, in South Waziristan Agency.

On the ocassion, COAS said development of Fata is a priority
task being undertaken by the army as a comprehensive plan. These
projects will improve the quality of life in tribal areas, usher a
new era of economic prosperity and address the problem of militancy
on a long term basis, COAS emphasized.

Pakistan Army has undertaken 567 projects so far in the social
sector, communication infrastructure and power sector in Waziristan.
General Raheel Sharif appreciated the support of the tribal
brethren in combating terrorism and acknowledged their sacrifices.

He assured them that terrorists would never be allowed to
return and Army will not go back till the job is fully done.

As return of Temporarily Displaced Persons (TDPs) and their
resettlement works continue so as to complete by end of current
year, our focus within FATA will now be on more efficient border
management to prevent cross border movement.

For enduring stability, Intelligence Based Operations (IBOs)
and combing operations will continue with same vigor across the
country.