PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Governor Sardar Mahtab Ahmad Khan on Friday hailed the sacrifices of soldiers retaking key towns and areas from the Taliban control in North Waziristan Agency (NWA) where operation Zarb-e-Azb also temporarily relocated over half a million civilian populations.
“Beyond doubt, immortal sacrifices rendered by officers of the army are precious treasures of our national history making us feel proud of it,” he said while addressing soldiers in the Miramshah bazaar during his day-long trip to the militant-infested tribal region.
It is a political figure and civilian’s maiden visit to NWA since the military launched offensive against the Taliban and al Qaeda. North Waziristan Agency MNA, Haji Muhammad Nazir Khan, Chief Secretary Amjad Ali Khan, FATA Additional Chief Secretary, Arbab Muhammad Arif and NWA Political Agent Siraj Ahmad Khan accompanied the governor.
“We salute mothers of our jawans and officers who courageously face difficult circumstances and offer sacrifices with exemplary spirit in our struggle for making our country’s security impregnable and ensuring a better future for the coming generations.
“We earnestly desire to witness a smooth and congenial atmosphere within the agency as elsewhere in FATA in the earliest possible time so the displaced tribes return to their homes with honour and dignity and join hands for over all development and prosperity of the nation,” he went on to add.
The governor, according to a communiqué from his office in Peshawar, said that the country’s security, stability, prosperity and development to ensuring a better future for the coming generations was the “supreme cherished objective of all and we will spare no efforts to materialise them.”
Operation Commander Maj Gen Zafarullah Khan also gave him briefing on the operation’s progress and on advancements, successes and future targets at the army division headquarters in Miramshah and the governor also visited Miramshah bazaar and met with the soldiers on this occasion. Talking to the soldiers at the bazaar, the governor said that their spirit of courage and sacrifice deserved rich tributes of the nation, which are fully acknowledged.
He added, “The last decade is a unique chapter in national history where more than four thousands soldiers and officers of the army and thousands of civilians had embraced martyrdom in the struggle to ensure security and stability. Today if the nation is at peace and relief, it is beyond doubt because of the sacrifices and courageous roles and services of the sons of soil like you. The worst part of the scenario is that our enemies do not bear identity but at the same time the circumstances also demand courageous role and contribution. The entire nation wishes your safe and successful return.”
Talking on various aspects of the government’s strategy the governor said, “Inshallah there will be no dearth of resources for taking care of the IDPs and their rehabilitation to their respective areas is concerned.” The governor also paid rich tributes to the army for its valuable services and contribution to IDPs’ care, continuing the Zarb-e-Azb successfully alongside.
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