COAS General Raheel Sharif spends a day with troops, tribal elders in NWA
RAWALPINDI (92 News) – Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif spent his day with troops and tribal elders in North Waziristan Agency on Saturday.
The COAS was briefed in detail by the formation commander about recent progress of ongoing Operation Zarb-e-Azb, IBOs and return of TDPs.
Appreciating the progress, he vowed to continue operations till total elimination of terrorists.
Talking to troops, the COAS commended all officers and men for their courage, determination and spirit of sacrifice displayed by them in war against terrorism.
Appreciating intense hard work by intelligence agencies and law enforcement agencies, the COAS said that terrorist networks and their linkages are being unearthed across the country and this nexus will be broken at all costs to bring enduring peace.
The COAS was also briefed on the ongoing rehabilitation work and its effects on the socio-economic landscape of the area. He expressed his satisfaction with the pace of progress of rehabilitation work and directed all concerned to ensure a dignified return of TDPs to a better built and rehabilitated area.
Later, the COAS interacted with tribal elders and recently returned TDPs, and assured them that Army will continue to remain in the area till completion of resettlement process. Tribal elders paid rich tribute to the Army for successful operations and affirmed that with the help of the Army, terrorists will never be allowed to return in the area.
He also inaugurated 110-bed Tehsil Headquarters Hospital Mir Ali, which has been equipped with state of the art equipment. He appreciated Army engineers for their dedicated efforts in executing quality construction work.
To enhance education standards and help locals benefit from the emerging economic opportunities, the COAS announced construction and opening of a cadet college around Mir Ali for children of Waziristan.
Earlier on his arrival, the COAS was received by Corps Commander Peshawar Lieutenant General Hidayatur Rehman.
Data on Progress of TDPs Return
Total families : 2,91,827
Returned Families : 1,08,503 (38%)
Agency wise percentage of returned TDPs
NWA : 15%
SWA : 15%
Kurram : 35%
Orakzai : 34%
Khyber : 78%