Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif on Tuesday, during his visit to forward positions in North and South Waziristan, said that “our focus within FATA will now be on more efficient border management to prevent cross border movement.”
The COAS, who spent the whole day with the tribes and troops busy with the consolidation phase of the Operation Zarb-e Azb, was given a detailed briefing on the ongoing operations and comprehensive rehabilitation work and its effects on the social landscape of the area.
Acknowledging exceptional achievements, courage, determination and sacrifices of troops in achieving the operational gains, the COAS said Zarb-e-Azb was launched against terrorists of all hues and colour and sanctuaries of terrorists have been dismantled without discrimination.
The COAS said that operation Zarb-e-Azb is in its final stage in the few left out pockets. He said that the Pakistan Army with support of the entire nation has achieved unparalleled successes in fight against terrorism.
The COAS also inaugurated multiple projects as part of the post operation comprehensive rehabilitation plan for FATA. The COAS inaugurated 72 km long Miranshah-Razmak-Makeen dual carriage road as part of the 705 km Central Trade Corridor.
The newly constructed road being worked on by Frontier Works Organisation (FWO) will considerably reduce traveling time between North and South Wazirstan. Later the COAS commissioned a state-of-the-art 100-bed Sheikha Fatima Binte Mubarak hospital at Sholam, SWA.
The 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 in a new era of economic prosperity and address the problem of militancy on a long term basis, the COAS emphasised. Pakistan Army has undertaken 567 projects so far in the social sector, communications 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 will never be allowed to return and the army will not go back until the job is fully done.
“As return of TDPs and their resettlement works continues, which will be complete by the end of 2016, our focus within FATA will now be on more efficient border management to prevent cross border movement. For enduring stability, intelligence based operations as well as combing operations will continue with the same vigor across the country,” said the chief of army staff.