Pakistan

COAS vows to continue operations till total elimination of terrorists

RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif on Saturday visited North Waziristan and spent his day with troops and tribes of the tribal area.

According to a press release by Inter-Service Public Relations, COAS was briefed in detail by the formation commander about recent progress of ongoing Operation Zarb-e-Azb, Intelligence Based Operations (IBOs) and return of Temporarily Displaced Persons (TDPs). Appreciating the progress, he vowed to continue ops till total elimination of terrorists.

“While talking to troops on the occasion, COAS commended all officers and men for their courage, determination and spirit of sacrifice displayed by them in war against terrorism. Appreciating intense hard work by intelligence agencies and Law Enforcement Agencies, COAS said that terrorist networks and their linkages are being unearthed across the country and this nexus will be broken at all cost to bring enduring peace”, the release read.

ISPR also stated that COAS was briefed on the ongoing rehabilitation work, and its effects on the socio-economic landscape of the area. He was satisfied with the pace of progress of rehabilitation work and directed all concerned to ensure a dignified return of TDPs to a better built and rehabilitated area.

“Later, COAS interacted with tribal elders and recently returned TDPs, and assured them that Army will continue to remain in the area till completion of resettlement process. Tribal elders paid rich tribute to Army for successful operations, and affirmed that with the help of the Army, terrorists will never be allowed to return in the area”, according to ISPR.

COAS inaugurated 110 bedded Tehsil Headquarters Hospital Mir Ali, which has been equipped with state of the art equipment. He appreciated Army Engineers for their dedicated efforts in executing quality construction work. To enhance education standards and help locals benefit from the emerging economic opportunities, COAS announced construction and opening of a Cadet College around Mir Ali for children of Waziristan.

Data on Progress of TDPs Return

Total families: 2,91,827
Returned Families: 1,08,503 (38%)

Agency wise percentage of returned TDPs

North Waziristan: 15%
South Waziristan: 15%
Kurram Agency: 35%
Orakzai Agency: 34%
Khyber Agency: 78%

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