Pakistan

ISLAMABAD – Chief of the Army Staff, General Qamar Javed Bajwa, on Monday has reaffirmed that the nexus between terrorists and their facilitators would be axed.

“Nexus between terrorists in remote areas and their facilitators in urban centres will be severed whatever the amount of effort and time,” the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) quoted the COAS as saying on Monday.

 

General Bajwa spent his day at Corps Headquarters Peshawar for an in-depth briefing on the current state of security operations and the way forward in FATA, KPK and Malakand Divisions.

He lauded the results obtained after counter terrorism operations adding that focus must remain on indiscriminate intelligence-based, combing operations for stabilisation and consolidation.

He expressed that after having created the necessary conditions for governance and socio-economic reforms, the armed forces would stand by the government and tribal communities for an equitable development across FATA for peace and prosperity.

The COAS also reviewed progress towards border management and directed to increase the pace of all construction work and capacity building of FC for effective check and balance regarding illegal cross-border movement.

The Army Chief was briefed about the concentration of terrorists across the border in Afghanistan, and their continued efforts for an activity inside Pakistan.

He observed that for optimum effect of sealing their movement either side, border management will have to be bilateral both by Pakistan and Afghanistan on their respective sides.

Gen Qamar particularly emphasised on the progress of return of temporarily displaced person (TDPs) and directed completion of their dignified return. TDPs must be helped out to resettle in their native towns with social infrastructure in place, in conjunction with the civil government, he maintained.