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Pakistan progressing towards enduring peace, says Bajwa

Pakistan progressing towards enduring peace, says Bajwa

LANDI KOTAL: Chief of the Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa has said that the writ of the state has largely been restored and the country is progressing towards enduring peace and stability.

Gen Bajwa said this during a visit to Khyber Agency where he spent a day with troops deployed along the Pak-Afghan border, the Inter-Services Public Relat­ions said in a statement on Monday.

Like his predecessors, Gen Bajwa has been a frequent visitor of the country’s tribal areas, where he met the troops engaged in counterterrorism operations as well as work on rehabilitation of the temporarily displaced persons. His first visit soon after taking over the command of the army in November last year was to North Waziristan.

And during a visit to South Waziristan earlier this year, the COAS had said that the army would support efforts for mainstreaming of the Federally Admin­istered Tribal Areas as per the aspirations of the tribal people.

The ISPR statement said that Peshawar Corps Commander Lt Gen Nazir Ahmed Butt and Frontier Corps Inspector General in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Maj Gen Shaheen Mazhar Mehmood received the army chief on his arrival.

The commanders briefed the army chief on operational preparedness and improved border security measures, including employment of newly raised FC, KP Wings.

The army chief appreciated effective border security arrangements.

The multibillion rupee border management plan that involves building hundreds of small forts and installation of radars, sensors and other technical surveillance equipment was introduced last year to regularise movement of people between the two countries and to prevent movement of terrorists.

The COAS had already said that a better managed, more secure and more peaceful border was in the interest of both countries.

Gen Bajwa hailed exceptionally high morale of troops and their undaunted determination to eliminate terrorism. “Our nation supports us [the army] due to our innumerable sacrifices we have made for defence and security of our motherland,” he said, according to the ISPR.

Published in Dawn, May 2nd, 2017

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