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Armed forces fighting decisive war against terrorism in tribal areas: Mamnoon Hussain

22 March, 2016

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WANA: President Mamnoon Hussain said on Monday that the armed forces were fighting a decisive war against terrorism in tribal areas and officers and soldiers were rewriting a history of valour and gallantry.

Talking to army officers and soldiers here, the president paid tribute to the forces for their sacrifices, successes and achievements in the war against terror.

This was first ever visit of any president to South Waziristan Agency since the operation had been initiated against terrorists in the area.

The anti-state elements were out to weaken the country through their subversive activities but their evil designs were being foiled by the armed forces, he noted.

Condemning recent terrorist attacks in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the president said that terrorists had no religion and they were enemy of humanity. He said the Operation Zarb-e-Azb was initiated as per spirit of Islam, as terrorism was a curse and the operation was launched to wipe out the menace.

The president called upon the army to take stringent measures to save their future generations from terrorism. The nation, he said, had full confidence in the armed forces.

About the temporarily displaced persons (TDPs), the president said they were being compensated and repatriated to their native areas in a dignified manner. The civil administration in the tribal agency had been reactivated and for this purpose, he said, locals were being inducted in Levies force so that the terrorists might not regroup there.

About the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), he said the project would change the destiny of the country — all the provinces as well as the Federally Administered Tribal Areas. It would usher in a new era of economic prosperity and development, he said.

Earlier, General Officer Commanding Maj Gen Khalid Javed gave a detailed briefing to the president about the security situation in the tribal region.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Iqbal Zafar Jhagra and officials of the civil and military administrations received the president on his arrival. Later, the president visited Wana Cadet College and announced a grant of Rs 5 million for the college.

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