RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif on Tuesday lauded the progress of ongoing operations and the nation’s support for elimination of the menace of terrorism and extremism. According to Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), the media wing of Pak army, the COAS was presiding over the Corps Commanders Conference held here at General Headquarters today.The meeting held an exhaustive review of internal security situation. “While appreciating progress of ongoing operation and Intelligence Based Operations (IBOs), their achievements and effects, COAS acknowledged full support of the nation for our ongoing operations to eliminate terrorism and extremism.” He, however, underlined the need for matching / complimentary governance initiatives for long term gains of operation and enduring peace across the country. Progress of National Action Plan’s implementation, finalization of FATA reforms, and concluding all ongoing JITs at priority, were highlighted as issues, which could undermine the effects of operations.
The Army Chief also directed to expedite return of TDPs, overcoming all obstacles for development works in affected areas and rehabilitation of all displaced families. The forum also discussed the upcoming visit of COAS to USA, where he will clearly highlight Pakistan’s perspective of new emerging regional realities.