Nation stands united to fully uproot menace of terrorism: COAS

PESHAWAR: Chief of Army Staff (COAS), General Raheel Sharif on Sunday said following the Peshawar School terrorism act, entire nation stands united to fully uproot the menace of terrorism and extremism.

He was speaking at the Provincial Apex Committee meeting for KPK and FATA was held at Peshawar, said a statement of Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR).

Besides the COAS the meeting was attended by Governor KPK, Chief Minister KPK, senior Provincial Govt and FATA Secretariat Officials and Peshawar Corps Commander.

The Apex Committee is a newly formed mechanism to coordinate security and to implement the recently approved National Action Plan (NAP), at each province level.

The forum discussed the prevalent internal security situation in FATA and the Province in the context of National Action Plan and also reviewed the progress of ongoing operations Zarb-e-Azb and Khyber and return plan of TDPs.

Speaking on the occasion, COAS paid rich tributes to the resilience and sacrifices of the people of FATA and KPK province.

“With unflinching resolve and courage, Our proud tribals of FATA and people of KPK stood upto atrocities of the terrorists, pushed them back and marginalized them in the society,” said the Army Chief.

He assured the forum of Army’s full support for judicious and speedy implementation of National Action Plan to eliminate not only the terrorists but also their abettors, facilitators and sympathizers from entire province and FATA.

COAS also assured the forum that Army will join hands with political Government and FATA administration to expedite the return of TDPs as per already prepared plan in phases, beginning next month, and ensure a comprehensive resettlement.

Governor and CM KPK appreciated the whole hearted support of Pakistan Army and reiterated the resolve of FATA and Provincial Governments to rid their province of terrorism and extremism and pave the way for development and well being of the people.

Emphasizing the importance of joint execution of a comprehensive security plan, both Governor and CM KPK vowed to work tirelessly to bring peace and stability back in the region.