Army Chief inaugurates development projects in South and North Waziristan

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RAWALPINDI: Army Chief General Raheel Sharif on Tuesday inaugurated multiple development projects in South and North Waziristan.
According to statement issued by Inter Service Public Relations reads that Gen Raheel Sharif visited North and South Waziristan agencies and inaugurated 84 KMs long Bannu-Miranshah-Ghulam Khan Road and Younus Khan sports stadium.
The army chief also commissioned rehab projects, as part of a comprehensive rehab and reconstruction effort, during his visit.
The 84km long Bannu-Miranshah-Ghulam Khan Road, funded by USAID and constructed by FWO, will save four hours travelling time between Bannu and Ghulam Khan, stated statement. 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.
Gen Raheel Sharif was briefed about the progress of stablization operations, return of TDPs and development works in FATA.
The Army Chief, while expressing his satisfaction on the progress of return of TDPs, commended the efforts of everyone involved in ensuring their smooth and timely return with dignity and honour. He directed the authorizes concerned to complete the return of remaining TDPs within stipulated time, at the end of 2016.
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 Younas Khan Eleven. COAS expressed the hope that enormous talent of FATA youth will be honed with upcoming educational and sports facilities and with no dearth of talent, their aspirations to rise at the international level will be accomplished. While addressing the Jirga of tribal elders, General Raheel Sharif said that Operation Zarb-e-Azb had irreversibly eradicated Terrorist networks from FATA. He said we have made considerable gains in our operations and reached close to our objective of total elimination of terrorism from Our soil. Paying glowing tributes to tribal people, COAS lauded them for their full support to the security forces in their effort for peace and stability of the region. COAS assured the tribals that Pak Army and government are determined to ensure all promises made for their socio-economic development are delivered to open avenues of prosperity and socio economic turnaround. “We will give a secure and prosperous Pakistan to our future generations”, he added. Tribal elders thanked COAS for cleansing their area from terrorists, bringing peace and ensuring a quality reconstruction work.
Earlier General Raheel Sharif and begum also visited South Waziristan to see one of the newly opened APS in Chagmalai and spent time with the children. Speaking at the occasion, he commended the faculty and the students for exhibiting such excellent standards of education in these areas. COAS appreciated the locals for their keenness to send their children to schools. Only education can help elevate our future generations to growth and prosperity, COAS emphasised.
During the visit to Miranshah, Begum Raheel Sharif had a separate interaction with the huge gathering of local ladies. She appreciated their sacrifices and heard their issues related to resettlement. Earlier on arrival Chief of Army Staff, General Raheel Sharif was received by Lieutenant General Hidayat Ur Rehman, Corps Commander Peshawar Corps.

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