WEB DESK: The chief of army staff (CoAS) General Raheel Sharif once again took the lead by announcing that the jawans of armed forces must spring into action to immediately carry out rescue work in any affected area without waiting for formal orders.
He gave THIS message via media minutes after the Monday earthquake. After issuing orders to his jawans, the army chief rushed to Peshawar to take stock of the situation. According to ISPR, Army Chief will monitor all the rescue operations in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP). General Raheel also flew to some affected areas.
Later, at Corps Headquarter Peshawar, Corps Commander briefed him on damage assessment and Army’s response to the challenge so far. Quick response forces have spread out in respective areas and busy in rescue work mainly in Malakand, Dir, Chitral, Bajaur.
Army Chief directed all army troops to reach out to the remotest areas to ensure relief to every affected family, individual, extend max help. “Army troops were directed to carry out immediate rescue work in any affected area without waiting for formal orders,” Army Spokesperson Lieutenant General Asim Bajwa twitted at 2.56 pm. In a snap conference, the CoAS directed army teams for quick assessment of earthquake damages across the country especially in the remote areas.
Meanwhile, helicopters and troops had been mobilised, all CMHs put on high alert, specialised earthquake rescue machinery put on alert. The earthquake rendered the KKH inaccessible at five different places. The Frontier Works Organisation (FWO) was busy in the repair work on that five kilometres section of the highway.