RAWALPINDI, Pakistan: The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif has said that a comprehensive and uniform rehabilitation policy across the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) will help eliminate terrorism.
In his address to troops during his visit to the Mohmand agency on Tuesday, the army chief said that such policy across the tribal region will help root out terrorism on long-term basis by providing education and economic opportunities to the youth.
In a statement, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said that during his visit, the army chief was given a detailed briefing on the progress of stabilisation operations including the ongoing development projects by army engineers in the troubled region.
The COAS appreciated the troops for their professionalism, dedication and the sacrifices in fighting terrorism and bringing stability in the Mohmand agency.
The army chief appreciated the tribal brethren for playing a significant role in expelling terrorists from their area, and said that the military will never abandon these areas without fully restoring them to functional normalcy.
Referring to recently launched sanitization operations by the Afghan National Army in area opposite to Mohmand and Bajaur agencies, the COAS said that such measures would help check cross-border terrorism incidents.
The army chief said that operations in the Afghan areas emphasised the need to further enhance border coordination.