COAS Gen Qamar Bajwa announces to make Parachinar a safe city
RAWALPINDI (92 News) – Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa visited Parachinar, Kurram Agency on Friday.
The COAS was briefed in detail about security situation and recent terrorist incidents. He interacted with local tribal elders and representatives of the sit-in. He prayed for the martyrs and expressed his grief over the loss of precious lives. The COAS said that he was abroad and on return weather delayed his visit to Parachinar.
Meanwhile, Commander Peshawar Corps and IGFC were also present.
The COAS said: “We, as a nation, have given unprecedented sacrifices in war against terrorism and we will succeed. Our enemies will never succeed to lower our resolve or to divide us.”
Appreciating FC KP and local administration for their efforts, the COAS acknowledged their contributions. “To date 126 brave soldiers of FC KP alone have laid their lives and 387 were injured while performing security duties in Kurram Agency alone. FC KP is a professional force inclusive of all tribes and sects performing their duties selflessly,” he maintained.
Speaking on the occasion, tribal elders expressed their full confidence and trust in the Army and its leadership. “We stand with our security forces. Our blood is for our motherland. We all are Pakistani’s and Muslim,” they said.
Later, the COAS also met representatives of sit-in and listened to their concerns. “While administrative concerns will be pursued with the executive body, suggestions regarding security mechanism are being incorporated forthwith. We can only be effective when locals are part of the security and vigilance,” said the COAS.
The COAS announced following steps:
- While there are clear evidences of hostile foreign hands in recent incidents, local facilitators and abettors have been apprehended who will be tried in military courts.
- Additional Army troops have been moved in Parachinar to enhance its security while FC troops are being beefed up on Pak-Afg border to seal it effectively. Toori Razakars are also being dovetailed on check posts.
- Safe city project for Parachinar by installing CCTV cameras in line with the ones in Lahore and Islamabad will be undertaken.
- Fencing of border is already in progress. More sensitive areas of FATA are being fenced in Phase 1 while complete Pak-Afg border including in Baluchistan will be fenced in Phase 2.
- Firing by FC troops while handling mob situation post blast is being inquired and those responsible shall not be spared. FC commandant has already been changed. Notwithstanding the irreparable loss, four Shaheeds and injured due to firing have been given separate compensation by FC.
- Army Public School Parachinar is named after Maj Gulfam Shaheed and it will be upgraded to Cadet College in due course.
- Trauma Centre will be established at Parachinar by Army while local civil hospital will be upgraded for better medical care by civil administration.
- has now announced compensation for Parachinar victims at par with other such victims elsewhere in the country. All Pakistani’s are equal.
- Army fully supports mainstreaming of FATA which is being pursued and its early implementation is essential for enduring peace and stability.
The COAS said that Pakistan Army will continue its efforts to bring back normalcy in the country. He said that threat continues to reside across the border in Afghanistan with ISIS gaining strength there. “We need to remain united, steadfast, prepared and vigilant against this threat which has an agenda of exploiting sectarian fault-line. “Our security forces are a symbol of national integration so is our security apparatus; we are one nation.
“Also, a greater Pak-Afghan border coordination and security cooperation is required in this regard,” the COAS remarked.
Commander Peshawar Corps Lieutenant General Nazir Ahmed Butt and IGFC KP were also present.
Meanwhile, the locals have ended their sit-in after the visit of COAS General Qamar Javed Bajwa.