ISLAMABAD - Army Chief General Raheel Sharif has commended integrated response by all security forces to bring a noticeable improvement in the security situation .

He was talking informally to officers and jawans during his visit to the Frontier Corps Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Headquarters in Peshawar on Tuesday.

He paid rich tribute to the valour, sacrifices and achievements of FC KP in operation Zarb-e-Azb. He said playing a pivotal and praise worthy role in fight against terrorism, FC is fighting hand in glove with army troops in FATA and KP. He said that FC troops are writing new chapters of bravery, stead fastness and sacrifices. The indomitable courage of army and FC soldiers has been the bedrock of Operation Zarb-e-Azb. He said Pakistani nation has unshakable trust in its armed forces, keeps them in very high esteem and acknowledges their sacrifices in the line of duty. We are proud to be custodian of this unflinching faith of our nation, and will always come up to their expectations, he added.

The COAS also reviewed new manpower and equipment induction plan to build FC’s capacity and directed to ensure merit in selection, and best training standards to remain an effective and credible institution.

He also paid glowing tributes to the police officials and other security agencies who have courageously braved the onslaught of terror and rendered supreme sacrifices along with other security forces in fight against terrorism.

He commended an integrated response by all security forces to bring a noticeable improvement in the security situation however he directed them to remain ever vigilant to defeat terrorist attempts to launch any attack across the country in future also.

The army chief also stressed the need to work more for close coordination and better border management on both sides of Pak–Afghan border as a pre-requisite for long-term peace and stability in the region. k