RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff (COAS), General Raheel Sharif on Friday directed the Commanders to maintain focus on achieving the end objective of total elimination of terrorism from across the country by coordinating with Law Enforcement and other government agencies.
Addressing the participants of the 181st Corps Commander’s Conference held here at General Headquarters, he expressed his complete satisfaction over the major gains, recently achieved in ongoing Operation Zarb-e-Azb in Khyber Agency.
“Intelligence Based Operations must be further intensified to unearth terrorist sleeper cells, and apprehend hiding terrorists and their abettors from urban centres as well”, he added.
Appreciating the effects of Intelligence Based Operations and improving security situation, the COAS emphasized the need to concentrate on combating extremism from the society by re-energizing the National Action Plan in true letter and spirit and achieving discernible results.
The COAS also expressed his satisfaction over initiation of dignified return of Temporarily Displaced Persons to FATA which was reflective of a successful Zarb-e-Azb strategy.
General Raheel Sharif directed all concerned to make the return smooth and enduring.
“The eventual purpose of the operations is to ensure stability leading to normalcy and prosperity in accordance with the aspirations of the people of FATA”, he added.
According to ISPR, the participants dwelt on professional matters, operational preparedness of the army and internal and external security situation of the country.
With regard to the Yemen/Middle East conflict, the forum deliberated at length on the gravity of the situation and stressed that continuation of the conflict will have serious implications for regional security.