Operation in Fata: CoAS underscores need for protecting, preserving gains

WEB DESK:Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif on Monday said that as we move towards conclusion of a large-scale kinetic operation in FATA, there is a need to look ahead and consolidate gains for a long term.

Addressing a Corps Commanders Conference held at General Headquarters, according to a Tweet of Director General ISPR Lieutenant General Asim Saleem Bajwa, General Raheel Shareef underscored the need for an escalated pace of Intelligence-Based Operations (IBOs) across the country to eliminate the entire infrastructure of terrorism in Pakistan.

The Army Chief directed more effective border management and continued proactive dominance of the cleared areas to maintain the writ of state in FATA. The return of Temporarily Displaced Persons (TDPs) must be accomplished as per laid down time-line, he added.

According to an ISPR news release, the forum chaired by Chief of Army Staff dwelt at length on internal and external security situation and other professional matters. The participants of the conference also took a holistic view of the emerging geo-strategic environment and its relevance to security of Pakistan. While speaking at the forum CoAS expressed his complete satisfaction over the progress of ongoing operation in Shawal and adjoining areas in North Waziristan Agency.

The CoAS paid rich tributes to the sacrifices and valour of the officers and men of security agencies in operation Zarb-e-Azb and vowed that under no circumstances these gains will be compromised.