ISLAMABAD - Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif was yesterday informed that around 40 percent of the temporarily displaced persons had returned to their homes, while the repatriation process for rest of the displaced persons was in full swing.

On his visit to North Waziristan Agency, he made clear that ongoing operation Zerb-e-Azb will continue till the elimination of last terrorist from the motherland. The army chief assured the people of the area that army won’t leave them till completion of rehabilitation project.

The army chief was given a briefing on various aspects of the rehabilitation process of temporarily displaced persons (TDPs), rehabilitation work in the areas cleared from the militants and the ongoing operation against militants in certain pockets of tribal areas.

He was informed that out of total 291,827 displaced families some 108,503 have returned to their homes after clearance of these areas.

Out of the total TDPs who have went back to their homes, some 15 percent are from North and South Waziristan each, 35 percent from Khurram Agency, 34 percent from Orakzai and 78 percent (highest) from Khyber Agency.

General Raheel expressed satisfaction over the rehabilitation work and its effects on the socio-economic landscape of the area. He directed all concerned to ensure a dignified return of TDPs to a better built and rehabilitated area.

On his arrival in North Waziristan, the COAS was received by Peshawar Corps Commander Lt-Gen Hidayat Ur Rehman. He spent his day with troops and tribesmen of the area. He commended all officers and men of the armed forces for their courage, determination and spirit of sacrifice displayed by them in war against terrorism.

Appreciating efforts put in by intelligence agencies and law enforcement agencies in tracing out and smashing terrorist networks and their linkages across the country the COAS said that this nexus will be broken at all cost to bring enduring peace.

Later General Raheel Sharif interacted with tribal elders and recently returned TDPs and assured them that army will continue to remain in the area till completion of resettlement process. Tribal elders paid rich tribute to Pak Army for successful operations and affirmed that with the help of the troops, terrorists will never be allowed to return to the area.

The army chief also inaugurated 110-bed Tehsil Headquarters Hospital in Mir Ali which has been equipped with state of the art equipment. He appreciated army engineers for their efforts and dedication in executing quality construction work.

To enhance education standards and help locals benefit from the emerging economic opportunities, the COAS announced construction and opening of a Cadet College around Mir Ali for children of Waziristan.

THREE militants

KILLED IN NWA

INP adds: Three terrorists were killed while a member of the security forces injured in a clash in Tiyar Zara Tehsil of North Waziristan on Saturday.

The terrorists planted an explosive device along the road which was blasted through remote control as the security forces members were passing by.

After the incident, security forces cordoned off the area and a firefight took place during which three terrorists were killed.