Army to stay in Waziristan till peace restored: Kayani

Army chief says forces engaged in the area to provide protection to the people.


Web Desk June 20, 2013
Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani. PHOTO: REUTERS

SOUTH WAZIRISTAN: Pakistan Army will stay in Waziristan till complete peace is restored, said Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani on Thursday.

According to a Radio Pakistan report, Kayani said “the army is engaged in the area to bring peace and provide protection to the people so that they could live peacefully.”

Kayani was speaking during the inauguration ceremony of 50-kilometre-long road from Wana to Angoor Aadda.

The army chief further said that due to the efforts of the army, the operation against terrorists was completed in a month.

He went on to appeal to the people of the area - who migrated because of the military action - to return to their homes and resume their life.

General Kayani added that the government was working on a plan to ensure development of the area by providing civic amenities to the people and construction of roads to link the area with the rest of the country.

Trade corridor

The Pakistan Army completed the third trade corridor on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border in South Waziristan Agency to improve the communication network and facilitate the people.

The road from Wana to Angoor Adda was completed at a cost of about $40 million dollars with the financial assistance of UAE.

Kayani along with UAE ambassador in Pakistan inaugurated this facility today.

COMMENTS (32)

US Centcom | 8 years ago | Reply

First and foremost, we send our heartfelt condolences to the friends and families of these fallen soldiers. We sincerely hope that their families will find the strength to deal with this tragedy. We take our hat off to those who continue to lay their lives down for the safety of their nation. Our sacrifices on both sides of the border prove our stance against terrorism in the region. We’ve lost thousands of brave soldiers in fighting terrorism. We are fighting the same terrorists and suffering at the hands of same terrorists. Our common stance against terrorism continues to binds us together. We will continue to support Pakistan in its fight against the extremist organizations. The seriousness of the situation requires us to put aside any differences that deter us from supporting each other. We hope to create a great working relationship that will prove beneficial in regards to our shared objectives.

Ali Khan

gp65 | 8 years ago | Reply @kanwal: The army stayingi in South Waziristan maybe the right decision - as an Indian I have no views on that issue. But is Kayani the right man to take the decision or should it have come from the PM?
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