Chief of Army Staff visits Shawal, reviews progress of last phase of operation

Rawalpindi, April 18, 2016 (PPI-OT):COAS visited Shawal, reviewed progress of last phase of operation in Shawal and spent whole day with troops busy in eliminating terrorists from their last bastion, close to Pak-Afghan Border. COAS was briefed in detail by formation commander about operational gains so far. COAS was apprised that since start of last phase in February 2016, in treacherous terrain of Shawal, more than 800 sq KM of area has been secured inflicting heavy casualties on terrorists.

Lauding the successful completion of Shawal Op, COAS acknowledged exceptional achievements, courage, determination and sacrifices of troops in achieving the objectives. He however emphasised on consolidating the gains and resettle TDPs back in their areas to the best of our abilities.

Talking of breaking the nexus between terrorists and their facilitators sitting outside FATA, COAS directed to undertake large scale combing ops immediately to seek out terrorists, their sleeper cells and facilitators in areas other than FATA and enhance reach of the LEAs. Speaking to officers and men while standing in Shawal Valley, COAS said standing shoulder to shoulder with us, the entire Nation highly values the sacrifices being rendered in this fight against terrorism.

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