Wana: Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif visited South Waziristan Agency (SWA) today and inaugurated several development projects, as part of post-operation comprehensive rehabilitation plan for Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).

In a statement, army’s chief spokesman Maj-Gen Asim Bajwa said that General Raheel Sharif opened a state of art Cadet College, in Wana for 500 children. UAE funded state of the art WANA cadet College will be compatible with the best Cadet Colleges of Pakistan. The initiative will go a great length in propelling the local youth, into professional colleges and change lives of their families. “The new school will go lengths in propelling local youth to professional colleges,” he said.

The army chief inaugurated 132 KV Grid Station and 54 KM Transmission Line Wana for locals, Bajwa said. While speaking at the occasion to a large gathering of tribal people, the COAS said “these development projects would improve quality of life of common people, create job opportunities and usher this area into economic prosperity, which is our main objective.”

COAS Gen. Raheel Sharif also inaugurated 62 KM DIK-Tank Road, which was part of 705 KMs long Central Trade Corridor, linking Afghanistan and that it would reduce travel time substantially. He assured that rehabilitation plan will be fully executed and temporarily displaced persons (TDPs) will return as planned to better and much developed region.

He said that Operation Zarb-e-Azb is in final stage. With nation’s support, army successfully evicted terrorists. He appreciated the sacrifices of tribal brothers. Terrorists will never be allowed to return and army won’t go back till job is fully done, he said.

The army chief urged tribesmen to continue supporting security and rehabilitation operations, to achieve end objective of enduring peace and prosperity in these areas. According to Bajwa, tribesmen thanked the COAS for fulfilling promises.