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Army Chief for consolidation of operations’ gains

RAWALPINDI , 14 MAR (DNA) – Chief of Army Staff, General Raheel Sharif, Monday called for consolidation of the gains achieved during a series of operations in the tribal regions for long term stability.The army chief was speaking at the Corps Commanders Conference at the GHQ, the ISPR said.The forum dwelt at length on internal and external security situation and other professional matters. Participants of the conference also took holistic view of the emerging geo-strategic environment and its relevance to security of Pakistan.

While speaking at the forum the COAS expressed his complete satisfaction over the progress of ongoing operation in Shawal and adjoining areas in North Wazirastan Agency.

“As we move towards conclusion of large scale kinetic operation in FATA, there is a need to look ahead and consolidate the gains for long term stability,” he said.

The army chief directed more effective border management and continued proactive dominance of the cleared areas to maintain writ of the state in FATA .

He reasserted that TDPs return must be completed as per the laid down time line. He stressed on escalated pace of IBOs across the country to eliminate the entire infrastructure of terrorism in Pakistan.

The COAS paid rich tributes to the sacrifices and valour of officers and men of security agencies in operation ZeA and vowed that under no circumstances these gains will be compromised. DNA

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