COAS directs security agencies to enhance intelligence-based operations across country against terrorists, their facilitators and financiers
Chief of the Army Staff General Raheel Sharif on Friday directed security agencies to continue intelligence-based operations (IBOs) in the country to apprehend all terrorists, their facilitators, abettors and financiers from across the country without any discrimination and irrespective of the cost.
“We will not stop unless we achieve our end objective of a terror-free Pakistan,” General Sharif remarked while addressing troops at North Waziristan.
Gen Sharif also visited forward locations close to the Pak–Afghan border in North Waziristan Agency (NWA) and was briefed in detail by the formation commander about progress of Operation Zarb-e-Azb, and plans to clear the remaining pockets of terrorists in Shawal region.
The COAS commended the professionalism, sacrifices and high morale of troops who have completed the preliminary phase of Shawal operation by seizing peaks around the strategic valley.
“It’s a matter of great privilege and honour to be commanding such an accomplished and battle hardened army,” Gen Sharif said on the occasion. He appreciated the role of special integrated teams which have been responsible for carrying out IBOs across the urban areas of Pakistan. The teams have been successful in severing links between terror sanctuaries in remote areas and their sleeper cells in urban areas.
Gen Sharif also visited Wana in South Waziristan Agency (SWA) and was briefed on the ongoing rehabilitation work, and the relief it will bring to people of the region.
Speaking on the occasion, the army chief laid importance upon capitalising operational gains which would bring lasting peace and prosperity to the region.
While acknowledging the hardships and sacrifices of internally-displaced persons (IDPs), the army chief asked all stakeholders to ensure a dignified and expeditious return for IDPs to a better built and rehabilitated region. He added that the army would fully assist in completing all development projects on time.