Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif visited North and South Waziristan on Tuesday and said that Operation Zarb-e-Azb had irreversibly eradicated the terrorist networks from Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).
According to Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), COAS was briefed about the progress of stabilisation operations, the return of TDPs and development works in FATA during.
Expressing his satisfaction on the progress of return of TDPs, COAS commended the efforts of everyone involved in ensuring their smooth and timely return with dignity and honour. He directed them to complete the return of remaining TDPs within stipulated time before the close of the year 2016.
“As part of a comprehensive rehab and reconstruction effort, Significant rehab projects were commissioned today. 84 KMs long Bannu-Miranshah-Ghulam Khan Road funded by USAID and constructed by FWO was opened. This would become the shortest trade route to Afghanistan wherein Travelling time between Bannu and Ghulam Khan Border Post will reduce from 6 hours to 1.5 hours. With this road, 705 KMs long strategic central trade corridor to Afghanistan has been completed for all kind of move across the border up to Central Asia”, said an ISPR statement.
COAS also inaugurated state of the art Younus Khan sports stadium with a packed crowd of viewers watching an inaugural match played between FATA Eleven and Younus Khan Eleven.