People of K-P, FATA deserve highest accolade for standing up to terrorists: General Raheel

Army chief says terrorists and their facilitators will never be allowed to return to the tribal areas

News Desk February 09, 2016
Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif in a meeting with Governor K-P Sardar Mehtab Ahmed Khan, Chief Minister Pervez Khattak and Peshawar Corps Commander Lieutenant General Hidayat ur Rehman at the Corps Headquarters in Peshawar on February 9, 2016. PHOTO: ISPR

Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif has lauded the resilience and sacrifices of the people of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) and Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) for standing up to the "atrocities of terrorists”.

“The people of KP and Fata stood up to atrocities of the terrorists, pushed them back and marginalised them in the society which deserves highest of accolades,” a statement issued by military’s media wing, ISPR, quoted the COAS as saying during a special Apex Committee meeting of K-P and Fata.

The meeting, held at the Peshawar Corps Headquarters of the Pakistan Army, reviewed the progress of ongoing military operations with special focus on return of the temporarily displaced persons (TDPs).

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“After successfully evicting terrorists from their sanctuaries and restoring writ of the state, we are in the most difficult phase of the operation; physically rebuilding the war-torn areas, resettling of the IDPs and eventually establishing an administrative system that focuses on the needs and aspirations of the people,” General Raheel observed.

Further, the army chief emphasised that the terrorists and their facilitators will never be allowed to return to the tribal areas. “Together, InshaAllah, with our tribal brethren we shall ensure that terrorists and their facilitators are never allowed to return to these areas,” he said.

General Raheel vowed to ensure a timely and dignified return of the TDPs to resettle them in their respective homes while reiterating his commitment with the tribal people to rebuild the area and revive its entire economic infrastructure.

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The COAS directed all officials concerned to expedite the resettlement process and meet deadlines by removing impediments which are causing delays in timely completion of the work.

Meanwhile, K-P Governor Sardar Mehtab Ahmed Khan and Chief Minister Pervez Khattak appreciated the wholehearted support of the Pakistan Army in the resettlement of the TDPs and vowed to rid the province of extremism besides paving way for development and wellbeing of the people.

Peshawar Corps Commander, senior provincial and Fata Secretariat officials were also present at the meeting.

Kazakhstan’s army chief calls on General Raheel Sharif

Meanwhile, Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif and Chief of General Staff of Armed forces of Kazakhstan Colonel General Saken Zhasuzakov discussed matters of mutual professional interest and defence cooperation on Tuesday.

Zhasuzakov had called on the army chief at the General Headquarters, ISPR said in a statement.

The visiting dignitary lauded the achievements of Pakistan Army in fight against terrorism.


khattak | 5 years ago | Reply Pashtuns are sacrificed. Not that we are found of or have a choice not to be scarified.
faisal | 5 years ago | Reply So much is wrong with this picture. The Governor and Chief Minister are sitting on the sides while pride of place goes to the military guyz who being government employees and technically junior to the Governor of a province. The meeting should have been held at the Governor House. We must have civilian supremacy in this country.
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