RAWALPINDI (Web Desk) – Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif has raised his concerns for an immediate, comprehensive, uniform reconstruction and rehabilitation policy in Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), in areas cleared of terrorists during operation Zarb-e-Azb.
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He expressed these views during his visit to Mohmand Agency. He was given detailed briefing about progress of stabilization operations, including the ongoing development projects by Army Engineers.
Addressing the officers and soldiers of Pakistan Army on the occasion, the COAS appreciated their professionalism, dedication and the sacrifices in fighting terrorism and bringing stability in Mohmand Agency.
Gen Raheel Sharif expressed hope that such projects will help root out terrorism on long term basis, by providing education and economic opportunities to the youth.
Appreciating the tribal brethren for playing a significant role in expelling terrorists from their area, COAS reiterated that, “We will never abandon these areas without fully restoring them to functional normalcy.”
Referring to recently launched sanitization operations by Afghan National Army in area, opposite to Mohmand and Bajaur Agencies, the COAS hoped that such measures would help check cross border terrorism incidents and underlined the need to further enhance border coordination.