Delegation of U.S. Senate (Arms Committee) headed by Senator John McCain along with COAS General Qamar Javed Bajwa visited South Waziristan Agency. The Delegation was briefed about Pak-Afghan border security including recent measures for its improvement through fencing and enhanced surveillance. The delegation was also briefed on socio-economic development efforts in the Agency.
The delegation was flown over the Agency to view the border area, newly constructed forts/posts and development works including schools, colleges, hospitals, sports stadium, water supply schemes and roads 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 LOC which couldn't get through due to bad weather. 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 Maj Gen Nauman Zakria.
Senator John McCain
My colleagues from United States Senate and I have had a very informative and important visit, understanding the challenges and successes, and the remaining challenges that require close coordination and assistance from us and with us. We have talked about many issues including the importance of Pak-Afghan cooperation and relationship on the border and we are confident that with the right cooperation and the right strategy we can see success here in this very long struggle.
Senator Lindsey Olin Graham
One of the great success stories in the last few years is the Pakistan Army’s efforts to change the FATA for the better. I cannot stress how impressed I am with what has happened in the last two years. It speaks well of Pakistan Army and the people in this region and there’s no turning back now that they have rejected terrorism and it’s upto us working together to make sure that terrorism stays out of this area.
Senator Elizabeth Warren
We have learned about how Pakistan is on the frontline of fighting terrorism and how important it is to have a strong partnership with Pakistan in this fight. That is the only way we will succeed.
Senator Sheldon Whitehouse
It never crossed my mind that I’ll be visiting South Waziristan, let alone a peaceful South Waziristan, so my congratulations to the Pakistani military.
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