War on terror to continue: Gen Bajwa

PESHAWAR - The newly-appointed Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Wednesday pledged that the war on terror would continue with a focused approach till its logical conclusion.

On his first visit to field formations, after taking over command of the Pakistan Army, the new army chief visited Corps Headquarters Peshawar and North Waziristan Agency.

He was accompanied by Corps Commander Peshawar Lt-Gen Hidayatullah and DG Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Lt-Gen Asim Bajwa.

The army chief was briefed on the ongoing Operation Zarb-e-Azb. General Bajwa pledged that the war on terror would continue with a focused approach to logical conclusion. He said that strict action would be taken against facilitators of terrorists.

“Will move ahead [in terms] of gains already made so far,” the COAS said. He vowed to facilitate the process of the repatriation of the internally displaced persons (IDPs) and extension of all out support to the displaced families. General Bajwa emphasised that defence and security of Pakistan against external and internal threats would remain his ultimate objective as the army chief.

In North Waziristan, the COAS was briefed by local formation commander on security situation in the agency, resettlement phase of temporarily displaced persons (TDPs), and inspected reconstruction work on ground.

While speaking to the troops on the occasion, the COAS said that the war against terrorism would continue with focused approach, and it would be taken to its logical conclusion till total elimination of terrorism from the soil.

Paying tribute to brave tribesmen, officers and men of army, Frontier Corps (FC), Levies, and the police, he vowed that no terrorists of any hue would ever be allowed to return to the area. The COAS also stressed the need for expediting pace of new raising of FC wings to enhance effective Pak-Afghan border management.

General Bajwa said that the TDPs return should be completed within the stipulated time, and they should be assisted in all ways to resettle respectfully.

Earlier, the new COAS visited Corps Headquarters Peshawar where he was given detailed briefing at about the prevailing security situation in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, the Federally Administrated Tribal Areas (Fata) and Malakand Division, ongoing stabilisation and combing operations, progress on return of the TDPs and continuing development works.

Upon his arrival in Peshawar, the COAS was received by Commander 11 Corps Lt-General Hidayatur Rehman who also accompanied him to North Waziristan.