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Army chief arrives in Waziristan to celebrate Eid with troops

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WAZIRISTAN: Army Chief General Raheel Sharif has arrived in Wana, South Waziristan to celebrate with troops engaged in operation Zarb-e-Azb, ARY News reported.

He was accompanied by Corps Commander Peshawar.

The COAS will spend some time with the soldiers and exchange Eid greetings on this auspicious occasion.

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Last year, the army chief had also arrived in volatile South Waziristan Agency to boost morale of the troops and spent Eid day with them.

Pakistan Army launched operation “Zarb-e-Azb” in June 2014 in a bid to wipe out militant bases in the North Waziristan tribal area and so bring an end to the bloody decade-long Islamist insurgency that has cost Pakistan thousands of lives.

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The army intensified its offensive after last year’s Peshawar school attack which killed 151 since when there has been a lull in violence.

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Overall levels of violence have dropped dramatically this year, with 2015 on course for the fewest deaths among civilian and security forces since 2007 — the year the Pakistani Taliban umbrella group was formed.

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