Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani on Wednesday emphasised the need for local Pakhtun tribes to take full responsibility to ensure peace in Mohmand Agency, while the area paid rich tributes to the soldiers who laid down their lives in the fight against terrorism in the region.
Addressing troops at Wali Dad Top, near the Pak-Afghan border, during a visit to Mohmand Agency, he attributed the success of the military operation in the region to the “outstanding combat skills and high morale of the armed forces and the FC.” He also praised the joint operations of the army and the air force for the clearance of the Suran Sector, an ISPR press release said.
General Kayani also met Mishrans (notables) of Mohmand Agency and thanked them for their support towards military operations. He emphasised the need for tribes to take full responsibility and effective control to ensure peace in the area. He also directed military and civil authorities to extend all possible support to the returning IDPs.
Malik Subedar Safi, representative of the local Mishrans, thanked the COAS and acknowledged the sacrifices of the army in flushing out terrorists. Mishrans also appreciated the efforts of the Political Agent in restoring the old system of the tribal administration as per their Riwaj.
General Kayani was informed that over 1,500 terrorists have surrendered to the Political Agent and are being dealt in accordance with the Frontier Crimes Regulations (FCR).
During the army operations in Mohmand, 69 officers and soldiers were killed and 231 were injured [including 41 critical injuries], the press release said. The COAS was accompanied by Corps Commander Peshawar Lt General Asif Yasin Malik and IG FC Major General Nadir Zeb.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 14th, 2011.