Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif on Friday showed gratitude towards the people of Swat for their courageous stand against reign of terror and helping the security forces to get rid of terrorists from the valley forever.
The army chief, accompanied by Khyber Pukhtunkhwa chief minister and governor, also laid the foundation stone of Swat Cantonment during the visit to Mangora, Kaju and Khwazakhela areas of Swat.
Raheel Sharif reaffirmed the military’s commitment to continue playing a solid role in ensuring peace and security in Swat.
During the ceremony of laying foundation stone of army cantonment in Swat, he said, “Development of Fata and Malakand is a priority task being executed as a well considered strategy.”
“The whole world acknowledges Pakistan Army for completing the entire cycle of fighting terrorism, from operations to reconstruction and resettling of displaced people back in the area,” the army chief added.
Gen Raheel also appreciated the continued support of locals in combating terrorism and acknowledged their sacrifices in the war against terrorism.
The army chief, along with locals, while visiting the newly built Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zaid model hospital in Swat, thanked leadership of United Arab Emirates (UAE) for their contribution for socio-economic development of the area.
UAE Ambassador Essa Abdulla Albasha al Noaimi and director UAE Pakistan Assistance Programme (UPAP) were also present on the occasion.