RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif on Wednesday stated that operations against terrorists of all hue and colour will continue and Pakistan will not allow any one to use its soil against Afghanistan.

Addressing troops on the front lines in North and South Waziristan agencies, the COAS said, as consolidation goes on and operational dividends optimized for Pak-Afghan Border region, Pakistan will not allow anyone to use its soil against Afghanistan and directed all commanders, intelligence agencies and LEAs to take concrete measures against violators.

General Raheel Sharif said that peace and stability along Pak-Afghan border remains our priority; towards which we will commit all our efforts. He said border management and dignified repatriation of Afghan refugees are important enablers for lasting peace. Our efforts for peace in Afghanistan have been acknowledged. While we are committed to facilitate the reconciliation process with sincerity, commitment and resolve, we expect non-use of Afghanistan territory against Pakistan.

The COAS said that our nation and valiant Army have paid a huge price for eliminating terrorist and restoring peace in the country. We will not let these sacrifices go waste.

“With FATA cleared and terrorists being chased across the country, we are determined not to allow them to return and reverse our gains” the COAS asserted.

The COAS spent his Eid day visiting troops in forward area in North & South Waziristan Agency Wednesday. He offered his Eid prayers at Shawal and interacted with troops. Later he visited Datta Khel where he met with troops. Greeting them a happy Eid, Gen Raheel commended their morale and spirit of fighting on the front line to protect the motherland.

COAS was briefed by Corps Comander and Formation Commander in detail, about ongoing sanitization and stabilization operation as part of Zarb-e- Azb and post operation security environment.

Earlier on arrival on the front lines, COAS was received by Lt Gen Hidayat Ur Rehman, Corps Commander Peshawar.