Rawalpindi - July 13, 2011:
COAS VISITS TROOPS AT WALI DAD, MOHMAND AGENCY
Chief of Army Staff (COAS), General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani paid rich tributes to the officers and soldiers who laid down their lives while fighting against terrorists in Mohmand Agency. He was addressing the troops at Wali Dad Top, near Pak-Afghan border during his visit to Mohmand Agency.
COAS attributed the success to the outstanding combat skills and high morale of the armed forces and FC. He also praised the joint operations of Pakistan Army and PAF for the clearance of Suran Sector.
General Kayani also met the Mishrans (notables) of Mohmand Agency and thanked them for their whole hearted support to the military operations. He emphasized the need for the Tribes to take full responsibility and effective control for ensuring sustainable peace in their area. He directed the military and civil authorities to extend all possible support to the returning IDPs.
Malik Subedar Safi, the representative of local Mishrans thanked the COAS and acknowledged the sacrifices of the Army in flushing out the terrorists. Mishrans also appreciated the efforts of Political Agent in restoring the old system of tribal administration as per their Riwaj.
COAS was informed that over 1500 terrorists have surrendered to the Political Agent and are being dealt in accordance with the FCR. Troops also destroyed seven factories of IEDs in the area. During the Mohmand operations, 69 officers and soldiers embraced shahadat and 231 were injured (including 41 critical injuries).
COAS was accompanied by Corps Commander Peshawar, Lieutenant General Asif Yasin Malik and IGFC Major General Nadir Zeb.
Chief of Army Staff, General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani during his visit to Mohmand Agency today. (13-07-2011) – Photo ISPR