Terrorists driven from tribal region, claims Gen. Raheel
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Terrorists would not be allowed to return to the tribal region, where troops would stay to accomplish their job, the Pakistan army chief promised on Wednesday.
Gen. Raheel Sharif told tribal elders in Wana the ongoing military offensive -- codenamed Zarb-i-Azb -- was in its final stage in some pockets of the region near the Afghanistan border.
“The army won’t go back from the area till the job is done,” said Gen. Raheel, accompanied by UAE Ambassador Essa Abdulla Albasha Al-Nuaimi and Peshawar Corps Commander Lt. Gen. Hidayat Rehman.
He inaugurated several development projects as part of a post-operation rehabilitation plan for the region, including a UAE-funded Wana Cadet College building for 500 children.
The army chief later commissioned a 132kV grid station and a 54km transmission line in Wana as modern power infrastructure was a longstanding demand of the people.
In Dera Ismail Khan district, he inaugurated a USAID-funded dual-carriage road as part of the 705km Central Trade Corridor linking the region with Afghanistan.
With the support of the nation,he claimed the army had driven terrorists from the area. He commended tribesmen’s role in combating the scourge and acknowledged their sacrifices in the war on terrorism.
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