ISLAMABAD: Expressing complete satisfaction over the progress made in operation Zarb-e-Azb in North Waziristan so far, Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif on Monday emphasised the need to consolidate operational gains which he hoped will also be backed up by long-term counter-terrorism and counter-extremism measures by the stakeholders concerned.
Raheel was presiding over a Corps Commander Conference at the GHQ, Rawalpindi. Participants of the conference were given a detailed briefing on the operation Zarb-e-Azb and the overall security situation, an official ISPR statement said. The participants vowed that the terrorists will not be allowed to regroup and return to these areas, neither will they be allowed any space across the country. The conference, which was held as per schedule and which is a regular event, interestingly coincided with the political impasse the country has been facing in the wake of the planned long march of PTI and “Inqilab March” of the PAT announced for August 14.
Sources said the commanders resolved to focus on the security challenges and North Waziristan operation and remained disassociated with any political wrangling. The political matters are up to the government and opposition to resolve, the meeting noted in the backdrop of statements by some quarters and political groups trying to involve military in political matters, it has been learnt. The COAS expressed complete satisfaction over the progress made in operation Zarb-e-Azb so far. He paid rich tributes to the courage shown and sacrifices rendered by the troops during the ongoing operation.
Recounting the “sacrifices made and cooperation extended by our brave tribal brethren in fight against terrorism”, the army chief directed all concerned that no stone be left unturned to assist the internally displaced persons during their stay outside and in their early return to their homes. “With the blessings of Allah Almighty and wholehearted support of our valiant nation, operation Zarb-e-Azb will succeed,” the army chief concluded.
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