General Raheel Sharif, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) visited forward locations in North and South Waziristan and inaugurated multiple projects as part of the post-operation comprehensive rehabilitation plan for the FATA. COAS inaugurated 72 km long Miranshah-Razmak-Makeen dual carriage road as part of the 705 km Central Trade Corridor. The newly constructed road by FWO will considerably reduce travelling time between North and South Waziristan. COAS also commissioned state-of-the-art 100 bedded Sheikha Fatima Binte Mubarak hospital at Sholam, South Waziristan.
While addressing the local tribes COAS said that ‘the development of FATA is a priority task being undertaken by the Army and these projects will improve the quality of life in tribal areas, usher a new era of economic prosperity and address the problem of militancy on a long term basis’. General Raheel Sharif appreciated the support of the tribal brethren in combating terrorism and acknowledged their sacrifices. He assured them that terrorists would never be allowed to return and ‘Army will not go back till the job is fully done’.
Pakistan Army so far has undertaken 567 projects in the social sector, communication infrastructure and power sector in Waziristan. COAS also spent some time with the troops busy in consolidation phase of Operation Zarb-e-Azb. COAS said that operation Zarb-e-Azb is in its final stage in the fewer left out pockets. Pakistan Army with support of the entire nation, has achieved unparalleled successes in fight against terrorism. COAS acknowledged their exceptional achievements, courage, determination and sacrifices in achieving the operational gains. He was also given detailed briefing on operation and comprehensive rehabilitation work and its effects on the social landscape of area.
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