Operation Zarb-e-Azb in final stages: Army chief

Published: August 12, 2015
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COAS shakes hand with a soldier during his visit to Wazirstan on August 12, 2015. PHOTO: ISPR

COAS shakes hand with a soldier during his visit to Wazirstan on August 12, 2015. PHOTO: ISPR

RAWALPINDI: Over a year after it began, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif said on Wednesday that Operation Zarb-e-Azb, which was started against militants in the tribal areas bordering Afghanistan, is in its final stages with the remaining terrorists to be eliminated soon, Radio Pakistan reported.

A statement from the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) said that the army chief had visited troops at the front line on Wednesday. Without specifying whether he was in north or south Waziristan, the statement said that he reviewed progress of ongoing operations.

General Raheel said that any remnants of terrorists, who have been squeezed into penny pockets will also be cleared shortly. He added that enemies of the state and their financiers will find no place to hide and will meet their logical end during the operation.

PHOTO: ISPR

The COAS also oversaw future operations, including Shawal operation, and directed commanders to ensure that terrorists remain cut off from their friends and their foreign support.

Read: Army chief reaches Waziristan to spend Eid with troops

The army chief said successes of the military offensive and sacrifices of the officers and men were acknowledged by the entire nation.

While reviewing the progress of continuing operations, General Raheel expressed satisfaction and appreciated the morale of officers who were fighting the terrorists in the most rugged terrain.

His visit comes just two days after Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in a press conference accused terrorist safe havens in Pakistan for orchestrating some of the deadliest attacks in Kabul.

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Reader Comments (6)

  • Emad
    Aug 12, 2015 - 9:51PM

    The real test begins after the area is clear, the army has done it’s job now it’s time for the government to make sure that the people who come back are not motivated towards terrorism by setting up schools and improving the quality of life. Thus I believe that whatever it takes (mines, electric fencing, drones) to stop the militants from coming back should be doneRecommend

  • curious2
    Aug 12, 2015 - 10:51PM

    Zarb-e-Azb maybe at it’s final stages but it’s becoming increasingly obvious that it’s purpose was to harm the TTP while avoiding the Haqqani. That maybe OK from a Pakistani viewpoint but you promised the World that you abandoned “strategic depth” and now considered all terrorist/Taliban as bad. In hindsight you may have been better off defending your Haqqani policy rather than being caught lying. Recommend

  • Sam
    Aug 13, 2015 - 1:36AM

    Wow…operation completed without doing surrender…Good job :) Recommend

  • Zahid
    Aug 13, 2015 - 3:27AM

    Army chief Zindabad, we Pakistani entire nation acknowledged your efforts, we stand with you
    Brave Pakistan Army ZindabadRecommend

  • Question
    Aug 13, 2015 - 8:14AM

    Is it over now ? What did it achieve..did Pakistan become safe ? From aps to safoora to many more, nothing has changed.Recommend

  • Aslum
    Aug 13, 2015 - 5:46PM

    Pak Army is doing a remarkable job. It has banished militancy and violence from Karachi. Military’s role in maintenance of law and order is appriciable. It should continue in future until the death of last terrorist. Recommend

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