Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa has said Pakistan Army will continue its efforts to bring the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) into the mainstream as per tribal aspirations.
According to the military's media wing, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), Gen Bajwa visited South Waziristan and spent a day with the troops deployed at forward posts.
Interacting with the troops, the COAS lauded their bravery and commitment, which enabled re-establishment of the state's writ in the tribal belt. He also acknowledged and appreciated resolve of tribal brethren and the local administration for supporting the army's effort, which he said will continue.
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Expressing satisfaction on operational gains, development work and measures for better border security management, Gen Bajwa directed to continue focusing on stability operations and socio-economic development for enduring peace in the area.
The statement coincides with the continuing conflict regarding Fata reforms. While some parties including the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) favour its merger in the K-P, others want the region to remain independent.