US Senate delegation along with Army chief visit S. Waziristan Agency
RAWALPINDI: The delegation of United States Senate (Arms Committee) headed by Senator John McCain along with Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Monday visited South Waziristan Agency.
The delegation was briefed about Pak-Afghan border security including recent measures for its improvement through fencing and enhanced surveillance. It was also briefed on socio-economic development efforts in the Agency.
The delegation was flown over the Agency to have view of the border area, newly constructed forts / posts and development works including schools, colleges, hospitals, sports stadium, water supply schemes and roads and other communication infrastructure.
The delegation having seen the realities on ground acknowledged efforts and sacrifices by Pakistan Army and of the local tribes for reestablishing peace and order in the area.
The senators reiterated importance of institutionalized Pak-Afghan border security coordination and cooperation mechanism.
Later, the delegation was scheduled to visit Line of Control (LOC) which could not get through due to bad weather. The COAS thanked the senators for their visit and their support in socio-economic uplift of FATA.
Earlier, upon arrival at Wana, the delegation was received by Commander Peshawar Corps Lieutenant General Nazir Ahmad Butt and GOC Wana.