Pakistan

RAWALPINDI (Staff Report) – Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif has said the Pakistan Army has cleared 650 square kilometres of uncontrolled area in the final phase of operation in Shawal Valley.

During his visit to North Waziristan Agency on Tuesday, the army chief expressed his complete satisfaction over progress of concluding phase of operation in Shawal Valley.

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The COAS also spent the day with troops and tribals. He vowed to continue operations till total elimination of hide outs and curse of terrorism and extremism from across the country.

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Gen Raheel appreciated the intelligence agencies for matching pace of busting sleeper cells in urban centres in rest of the country.

Talking to troops on the occasion, he commended the spirit of sacrifice displayed by them in Shawal Operation under harsh weather condition and treacherous terrain.

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The army chief was also briefed on the ongoing rehabilitation work and its effects on the socio-economic landscape of the area. He directed all concerned to further boost the pace to meet time lines and ensure a dignified and early return of TDPs to a better built area.

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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 Pak-Army for successful operations and affirmed that with the help of army, they will never allow these terrorists to return to their area.

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Gen Raheel also laid foundation stone of state of the art Younas Khan sports Complex at Miranshah for the youth, to be constructed by Army engineers. Renowned cricketer Younas Khan was also present on the occasion, as the complex has been named after him.

Later, the COAS had a round of under construction Miranshah Bazar and appreciated Army engineers for their dedicated efforts in executing quality construction work.