General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) visited Miranshah and interacted with tribal elders from North and South Waziristan Districts.
COAS said that cross border terrorist incidents are gradually reducing due to solidification of Pak-Afg border especially the ongoing fencing. However, enduring peace inside Pakistan is linked to peace in Afghanistan for which Pakistan is playing its role. COAS said that Afghanistan is our Brotherly Muslim neighbor and we wish peace in Afghanistan as much for Pakistan. COAS urged tribal mashrans to continue playing their elderly role in guiding the youth. Combination of experience & wisdom of elders with energy and talent of the youth is recipe for success.
Referring to few IED incidents in recent past, COAS asked them to stay alert and watchful against those facilitators and abettors who are morphed into peaceful citizens and working for the inimical forces. COAS said that dealing with those few through force is not difficult however even at the cost casualties of security forces we deal them ensuring that peaceful citizens are not harmed. It is only with mutual cooperation that we will defeat such terrorists.
Tribal elders assured COAS that they shall continue supporting security forces in maintaining security environment. They requested COAS for speedy completion of ongoing projects besides suggesting few additional. COAS said that gradually all projects shall get realised and upon completion these projects shall bring enduring peace, stability and prosperity in the area. Commander Peshawer Corps was present during the meeting.