Won't al­low any­one to kill our chil­dren: COAS

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

The army will not al­low the killing of fel­low coun­try­men and will ex­pose all en­ablers, Army Chief Gen­eral Ra­heel Sharif was quoted as say­ing dur­ing his visit to Shawal area on Thurs­day.

In a se­ries of tweets, Di­rec­tor Gen­eral In­ter-Ser­vices Public Re­la­tions (ISPR) Ma­jor Gen­eral Asim Ba­jwa said that army chief spent the day with troops en­gaged in the op­er­a­tion in Shawal area of North Waziris­tan. The DG ISPR tweeted that the army chief vis­ited a mil­i­tary post lo­cated on a 12,000 feet high moun­tain over­look­ing the Shawal Val­ley, where a multi-pronged op­er­a­tion is be­ing car­ried out to elim­i­nate ter­ror­ists. He added that "203 ter­ror­ists have been killed so far in the op­er­a­tion".

Gen­eral Ra­heel com­mended the troops on their ef­forts and gains in the op­er­a­tion, adding that the val­ley is be­ing sani­tised. He also said that "the morale of the troops is in­spir­ing". The army chief di­rected the troops to com­pre­hen­sively cleanse ter­ror­ist hide-outs, re­duce the num­ber of iso­lated ter­ror­ists and sever their links with their ac­com­plices.

The army chief also said that be­cause of the ac­com­plish­ments of our troops, the army has no match when it comes to the war against terror. He fur­ther com­mended troops for their "ex­tra­or­di­nary" achieve­ments in the oper­a­tions. Mil­i­tary op­er­a­tion Zarb-i-Azb was launched in North Waziris­tan on June 15 fol­low­ing a brazen mil­i­tant at­tack on Karachi's in­ter­na­tional air­port and the fail­ure of peace talks be­tween the gov­ern­ment and Tehreek-i-Tal­iban Pak­istan (TTP) ne­go­tia­tors. Author­i­ties have since vowed to in­ten­sify oper­a­tions, us­ing air strikes, ar­tillery and mor­tars to take back ter­ri­tory both in the bor­der re­gions and other parts of the coun­try.

North Waziris­tan is one of the seven re­gions in Pak­istan's Fed­er­ally Ad­min­is­tered Tribal Ar­eas (Fata) gov­erned by tribal laws which is si­t­u­ated along the Pak-Afghan bor­der.

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