General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) inaugurated two mega projects in South Waziristan Agency (SWA). Projects include Agriculture Park at Wana and a Market at Makeen. Both these facilities are part of socio-economic uplift program for FATA. Projects have been executed by Pakistan Army Engineers in collaboration with the government.
Agriculture Park Wana comprises multiple components including state of the art Pine Nut Processing Plant, 1000 Ton capacity Cold Storage Facility, Ware Houses, Godowns and 128 shops. 'Makeen Market Complex' has 728 shops, allied facilities and a Children park.
Speaking to the local tribal elders, COAS said that having lived through very difficult times during terrorism / kinetic operations against terrorists, we now are in the phase of stability and development. He urged them not to allow anyone to jeopardise the peace attained at very heavy cost in blood and national exchequer.
COAS said that earliest mainstreaming of FATA to the popular aspirations of the local tribes is essential for its development and enduring stability.
COAS acknowledged tribal brethren for their full support to Army and their resolve to maintain and strengthen the gains. Tribal elders thanked Pakistan Army for restoring peace / development works and assured that tribes stand firmly with Pakistan Army for journey towards enduring peace.
At Makeen COAS also met Father of Naqeeb Ullah Mehsud, condoled and offered fatiha. COAS said that Army shall support all efforts to let him get the justice.
Commander Peshawar Corps and IGFC KP South were present during the visit.