General Raheel Sharif, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) visited North Waziristan Agency (NWA) and spent his day with troops and tribals. COAS was briefed in detail by the Formation Commander about progress of ongoing Operation Zarb-e-Azb, return of TDPs and development/ resettlement work initiated by Army in the area.
Acknowledging the clearance of 650 sq. km. of an uncontrolled area in the final phase so far, COAS expressed his complete satisfaction over progress of concluding phase of the operation in Shawal. Appreciating these successes, he vowed to continue the operation till total elimination of hideouts and curse of terrorism and extremism from across the country. He especially appreciated the intelligence agencies for matching pace of busting sleeper cells in urban centres in rest of the country. 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 Shawal Operation under harsh weather condition and treacherous terrain.
COAS was also briefed on the ongoing rehabilitation work, and its effects on the socio-economic landscape of the area. Satisfied with the pace of rehabilitation work, he directed all concerned to further boost the pace to meet timelines and ensure a dignified and early return of TDPs to a better built 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 ple dged that with the help of the Army, they would never allow these terrorists to return to their area.
COAS also laid foundation stone of state-of-the-art Younas Khan Sports Complex at Miranshah for the youth. The sports complex will be constructed by Army Engineers. Renowned cricketer Younas Khan was also present on the occasion, as the Complex has been named after his name. Later COAS took a round of under construction Miranshah Bazaar and appreciated Army Engineers for their dedicated efforts in executing quality construction work. Miranshah Bazaar which had been used by the terrorists as their ‘centre of fight’ and got damaged during the clearance phase of Operation Zarb-e-Azb, is being completely rebuilt by the Army to revive economic activity in the area wherein new shops and markets will be handed over to war-affected local tribes.
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