RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif on Monday paid tribute to the 1,300 officers and soldiers of Frontier Works Organisation, who laid down their lives during executions of various national projects since 1966.
Speaking to the participants at FWO’s golden jubilee celebrations in Thalian, Gen Raheel said that the organisation has played a central role in spearheading the army’s contribution in all nation building efforts. “Over the years, FWO has developed into a strategic organisation with tremendous capability to deliver projects of national significance,” he added.
In addition to numerous hydel and mining projects, construction of Karakoram Highway, Central Trade Corridor through Wazirstan to Afghanistan, Coastal Highway and now over 1,000kms roads in CPEC are some of their signature projects.
The army chief stated that going into inaccessible areas to connect the remotest parts of the country with mainland, highest quality work in least time has been FWO’s hallmark and he congratulated them on accomplishing the unthinkable. He vowed for that the army would continue working for the country’s security and prosperity.
Published in The Express Tribune, November 1st, 2016.