COAS pledges not to leave Fata sans peace

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RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen­eral Ra­heel Sharif vis­ited the Fed­er­ally Ad­min­is­tered Tribal Ar­eas' (FATA) Mohmand Agency on Tues­day and vowed not to aban­don the area with­out fully restor­ing it to nor­malcy.

The army chief was given a de­tailed brief­ing on the progress of sta­bil­i­sa­tion op­er­a­tions, in­clud­ing the on­go­ing de­vel­op­ment projects by army en­gi­neers in the trou­bled re­gion, an In­ter-Ser­vices Public Re­la­tions (ISPR) state­ment said.

The de­vel­op­ment projects have come af­ter Op­er­a­tion Zarb-I-Azb, launched by the Pak­istan Army in June 2014, left large parts of North Waziris­tan's in­fra­struc­ture de­stroyed. The mil­i­tary claims to have elim­i­nated a large num­ber of ter­ror­ists in North Waziris­tan, as well as Khur­ram Agency in con­tin­u­ing op­er­a­tions. The death toll of mil­i­tants and the ex­tent of dam­age in­side the agen­cies has largely not been in­de­pen­dently ver­i­fied by me­dia, given that ac­cess to FATA is very limited.

The COAS ap­pre­ci­ated the pro­fes­sion­al­ism, ded­i­ca­tion and sac­ri­fices ren­dered by the sol­diers in fight­ing ter­ror­ism and bring­ing sta­bil­ity in Mohmand Agency, the press re­lease fur­ther stated.

Gen­eral Ra­heel em­pha­sised on the need to fol­low a com­pre- hen­sive and uni­form re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion pol­icy across Fata af­ter clear­ing it of ter­ror­ists.

He ex­pressed hope that projects of pro­vid­ing ed­u­ca­tion and eco­nomic op­por­tu­ni­ties to youth would help root out ter­ror­ism on long-term ba­sis. The COAS also ap­pre­ci­ated the tribal peo­ple for play­ing a sig­nif­i­cant role in ex­pelling ter­ror­ists from their ar­eas.

Re­fer­ring to the re­cently launched sani­ti­sa­tion op­er­a­tions by Afghan Na­tional Army in ar­eas bor­der­ing Mohmand and Ba­jaur, Gen­eral Ra­heel ex­pressed hope that such mea­sures would check cross-bor­der ter­ror­ism re­lated in­ci­dents.Agen­cies

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