COAS Gen Qamar Bajwa says Army supports FATA reforms

14 Jun, 2017 8:51 pm

RAWALPINDI (92 News) – Chief of Army staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa visited Peshawar Corps Headquarters on Wednesday.

He was given a detailed briefing on situation along Pak-Afghan border, ongoing and future operations, progress on development works and return of TDPs.

The COAS appreciated improved security situation and measures for better border management, including fencing.

The COAS expressed his satisfaction on operational readiness of the formations and asked them to stay vigilant against all types of threat. He said: “We consider Afghanistan as a brotherly neighbor and terrorists are our common enemy. The threat thus requires a trust-based coordinated response rather than blame-game or unwarranted skirmishes.”

The COAS said that unilateral actions like drone strikes are counterproductive and against spirit of ongoing cooperation and intelligence sharing being diligently undertaken by Pakistan. “Pakistan Army is capable of taking effective measure if actionable intelligence is shared.”

He said that their focus now is to transform their operational achievements in the FATA into enduring peace and stability for which early mainstreaming of FATA through reforms is essential and Pakistan Army fully supports all efforts towards that end.

The COAS said: “Our brave tribal brothers, through their support, cooperation and resolve, have enabled its security forces to succeed during the operations and now it is time for them to live a fearless and quality social life as citizens of Pakistan.”

Gen Qamar Bajwa said that Pakistan Army will continue its efforts to consolidate gains achieved thus far and stated that Army stands with all other institutions to get Pakistan rid of menaces retarding its progress and prosperity.

Earlier, on arrival at Corps Headquarters, the COAS was received by Commander Peshawar Corps Lieutenant General Nazir Ahmad Butt.

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