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RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif while appreciating intelligence-based operations (IBOs) across the country has once again vowed to achieve the end objective of creating a terror-free Pakistan.
General Raheel visited forward most locations close to Pak-Afghan border in North Waziristan Agency (NWA) on Friday, where he was briefed in detail by the formation commander about the progress on the continuing Operation Zarb-e-Azb.
While addressing the troops who just completed the preliminary phase of the operation in Shawal, he appreciated special integrated teams which carried out IBOs across urban areas of Pakistan and severed links between terrorist's sanctuaries in remote areas and their sleeper cells in cities.
General Raheel commended their professionalism, sacrifices and state of high morale, which was visible through their operational gains so far. It's a matter of great privilege and honour to be commanding such an accomplished and battle hardened Army, COAS re-emphasised.
He directed all concerned to continue the operations to apprehend all terrorists, their facilitators, abettors and financiers from anywhere across the country without any discrimination and irrespective of the cost.
"We will not stop unless we achieve our end objective of a terror free Pakistan," he said.
The army chief also visited WANA, South Waziristan Agency (SWA) where he was briefed on the continuing rehabilitation work, and its effects on the social landscape of area, particularly the relief that they bring to all residents of these regions.
Commending the noteworthy effects of already completed numerous small scale and mega projects. He underscored the importance of capitalising operational gains to bring lasting peace and prosperity to the region.
Acknowledging the hardships and sacrifices of TDPs, General Raheel emphasised on all stake holders to ensure TDPs' expeditious and dignified return to better built and rehabilitated areas for longterm stability on the bordering regions of Pakistan and reiterated that army will fully participate to assist in completing all development projects in time.
Meanwhile, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif vows to continue counter-terrorism operations to clean Pakistan from terrorism, on Friday.
Maj-Gen Asim Bajwa, director general of ISPR, said that army chief visited forward most areas close to Pakistan-Afghan border in North and South Waziristan Agencies and got a briefing on the progress of operations.
General Raheel Sharif has said that the operation against the terrorists and their supporters and financers will continue across the country, adding that the army will not rest until a terrorism-free Pakistan is achieved.
According to Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), General Sharif visited North Waziristan and was briefed on the ongoing Operation Zarb-e-Azb and on the plan put in place to clear Shawal area of the terrorists.
COAS was briefed in detail by the formation commander about progress of Operation Zarb-e-Azb and future plans to clear the remaining pockets of terrorists in Shawal Area.
Later talking to fighting troops who have just successfully completed the preliminary phase of Shawal operation and cleared all peaks around Shawal, COAS commended their professionalism, sacrifices and state of high morale so visible through their operational gains so far.
It's a matter of great privilege and honor to be commanding such an accomplished and battle hardened Army, COAS re-emphasized. Appreciating special integrated teams which have carried out Intelligence Based Operations (IBOs) across urban areas of Pakistan and severed links between terrorist's sanctuaries in remote areas and their sleeper cells in cities, he directed all concerned to continue these operations to apprehend all terrorists, their facilitators, abettors and financiers from anywhere across the country without any discrimination and irrespective of the cost. "We will not stop unless we achieve our end objective of a terror free Pakistan."
COAS also visited WANA, South Waziristan Agency (SWA) where he was briefed on the ongoing rehabilitation work, and it's effects on the social landscape of area, particularly the relief that they bring to all residents of these regions.
Commending the noteworthy effects of already completed numerous small scale and mega projects.
He underscored the importance of capitalizing operational gains to bring lasting peace and prosperity to the region. Acknowledging the hardships and sacrifices of TDPs, COAS emphasized on all stake holders to ensure TDPs' expeditious and dignified return to a better built and rehabilitated areas for long term stability on the bordering regions of Pakistan and reiterated that Army will fully participate to assist in completing all development projects in time.
Earlier on arrival, COAS was received by Corps Commander Peshawar, Lieutenant General Hidayat Ur Rehman. -NNI

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