ISLAMABAD (AFP) - Army Chief on Thursday vowed to reassert government control in the lawless tribal belt. The army is wrapping up a two-month-long operation against Taliban rebels in Swat valley, and preparing to launch a second front against militant chief Baitullah Mehsud and his network in Waziristan. A military statement said General Ashfaq Kayani spent the day in semi-autonomous South Waziristan on the Afghan border, where he met troops and commanders and held prayers for soldiers killed in fighting. (Kayani) stated that Pakistan army is executing a deliberate 'campaign plan to achieve the desired end state of re-establishing the writ of the state while ensuring minimum loss to life and damage to property, it said. He appreciated the support of local tribes and urged them to use their full influence to rid the area of terrorists, it added. South Waziristan is the stronghold of Mehsud, and fighter jets have been pounding Taliban positions in the region for weeks, although it is unclear when a full offensive involving ground troops will begin.