Gen Bajwa vows to continue war till ‘total elimination of terrorism’

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Peshawar—Chief of Army Staff (COAS), General Qamar Javed Bajwa Wednesday said that, “War against terrorism will continue with focused approach and it will be taken to its logical conclusion till total elimination of terrorism from our soil.”
He was speaking to the troops during his visit to Corps Headquarters Peshawar and North Wazirastan Agency, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said.
This was his first visit to field formations, after taking over command of Pakistan Army, the ISPR stated.
At Corps HQ, the COAS was given detailed briefing about prevailing security situation in KPK, FATA and Malakand Division, ongoing stabilization and combing operations, progress of return of TDPs and continuing development works.
Later COAS visited North Waziristan where he was briefed by local formation commander on security situation in the Agency, resettlement phase of TDPs and inspected reconstruction work on ground.
Paying tribute to brave tribes, Officers and men of Army, FC, levies and police, he vowed that, “No terrorists of any hue will ever be allowed to come back.”
“We will continue to move ahead of the gains already made so far,” he said. “Defence and Security of Pakistan against external and internal threat will remain my ultimate objective as Chief of Army Staff,” he emphasised. The COAS also stressed the need for expediting pace of new raising of FC wings to enhance an effective Pak-Afghan border management. He said, “Temporarily dislocated persons’ (TDPs) return should be completed within stipulated time, and they should be assisted in all ways to resettle respectfully.”
Earlier, at Peshawar COAS was received by Lt Gen Hidayat ur Rehman, Corps Comd 11 Corps who also accompanied him to North Waziristan.—NNI