Gen Bajwa for early mainstreaming of FATA

 
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Peshawar June 14 (TNS): Army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa on Wednesday called for early mainstreaming of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) to consolidate gains.

“Our brave tribal brothers through their support, cooperation and resolve have enabled its security forces to succeed during the operations and now it is time for them to live a fearless and quality social life as citizens of Pakistan.

“Our focus now is to transform our operational achievements in FATA into enduring peace and stability for which early mainstreaming of FATA through reforms is essential and the Pakistan Army fully supports towards that end,” the army chief said during his visit to Peshawar Corps Headquarters.

“The Pakistan Army shall continue its efforts to consolidate gains achieved thus far and the army stands with all other institutions to get Pakistan rid of menaces retarding its progress and prosperity,” he said.

The army chief also said that Afghanistan was our brotherly neighbour and Pakistan and Afghanistan were fighting a common enemy.

“Trust-based cooperation is the only way forward. Unilateral actions counterproductive,” the army chief said during his visit to Peshawar Corps Headquarters.

The army chief was given on the situation along Pak-Afghan border, ongoing and future operation, progress on development work and the return of TDPs. The Army chief appreciated the improved security situation and measures for better management including fencing.

“We consider Afghanistan as a brotherly neighbour and terrorists are our common enemy. The threat thus requires a trust based coordinated response rather than blame game or unwarranted skirmishes.”

The army chief also said that unilateral actions like drone strike etc were counterproductive and against the spirit ongoing cooperation and intelligence sharing being diligently undertaken by Pakistan. “Pakistan Army is capable of taking effective measures if actionable intelligence is shared,” he said.

Gen Bajwa expressed his satisfaction on operational readiness of the formations and asked them to stay vigilant against all types of threats.

“Pakistan Army shall continue its efforts to consolidate gains achieved thus far and the army stands with all other institutions to get Pakistan rid of menaces retarding its progress and prosperity,” Gen Bajwa.