Pakistan

COAS satisfied with operation in Shawal, adjoining areas

RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif on Monday expressed complete satisfaction over the progress of ongoing military offensive in Shawal and adjoining areas of North Waziristan, according to the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR).

According to details, General Raheel Sharif on today presided over the Corps Commander Conference at the General Headquarters (GHQ), Rawalpindi.

“The forum dwelt at length on internal and external security situation and other professional matters,” the ISPR said in a statement. “Participants of the conference also took holistic view of the emerging geo-strategic environment and its relevance to security of Pakistan.”

While speaking to top military brass, the COAS emphasized, “As we move towards conclusion of large scale kinetic operation in FATA, there is a need to look ahead and consolidate the gains for long term stability”.

He directed for more effective border management and continued proactive dominance of the cleared areas to maintain writ of the state in FATA.

Gen Sharif reasserted that Temporarily Dislocated Persons (TDPs) return must be completed as per the laid down time line. He stressed on escalated pace of intelligence-based operations (IBOs) across the country to eliminate the entire infrastructure of terrorism in Pakistan.

On the occasion, the army chief paid rich tributes to the sacrifices and valour of officers and men of security agencies in operation Zarb-e-Azb and vowed that under no circumstances these gains will be compromised.

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