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Army to continue its role in Swat, says Kayani


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Pakistan’s army chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani Saturday appreciated the troops for successfully evicting the militants from Malakand Division. – Photo courtesy ISPR
Pakistan’s army chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani Saturday appreciated the troops for successfully evicting the militants from Malakand Division. – Photo courtesy ISPR

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s army chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani on Saturday visited Swat valley and reiterated that Army would continue to play its role in rebuilding the area and assisting civil administration in maintenance of law and order.

"Praying for martyred Maj-Gen Sanaullah Khan, Lt. Colonel Touseef Ahmed and Lance Naik Irfan Sattar, he paid rich tribute to them for their ultimate sacrifice and said that the whole nation would remain indebted to them," said an ISPR press release.

The mentioned army officers were killed in a roadside bomb blast in Upper Dir near the Afghan border on September 15. The Pakistani Taliban militants had claimed responsibility for the attack later.

Recounting the success of military operation in Swat, the chief of army staff appreciated the troops for successfully evicting the militants from Malakand Division.

Gen Kayani especially lauded them for their post operation role of settlement of internally displaced people (IDPs) back in their hometowns, reconstruction of destroyed infrastructure, and capacity building of civil administration including training of police.

During the last couple of years, a host of reconstruction and rebuilding projects have been completed by the Army in Malakand and Swat, helping bring normalcy in the area and relief to the locals.

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Riaz Sep 22, 2013 10:09am

Army can't protect their officers. They should be sent together training from Sirilanka or Bangladesh to crush terrorists.

Kameena Sep 22, 2013 01:31pm

Army Chief looks tired. He totally forgot that one of the general was recently wiped out by the terrorists. His words do not mean a thing since big money is at stake by fighting against terrorism. If it is not the terrorist then Indian has to provide the life and blood for the army. Long live wars

Tariq Mahmood Sep 22, 2013 03:29pm

Gen Kayani for a change is correct. Our politicians are wrong.

Pak army should never pull out of NWFP. The Taliban are terrorists & can not be let loose without the force of military presence.

Not too long ago I think we all remember the jailbreak in DI Khan. Were civilian forces able to cope or stop it? No.

We forget the recent martyrs in Swat easily? No we don't.

Can Taliban be trusted? No. Taliban are terrorists. The full force of Pak army & continued presence to defend our nation is required to put the fear of the law in these terrorists.

I hope Gen Kayani can deliver this promise & rise above politics though I remain pessimistic after the unconditional release of Mullah Barader with Gen Kayani fully in agreement.

That release under Afghanistan & Saudi pressure was a terrible mistake - which we'll pay the price for in the long run.

ahmedj Sep 22, 2013 03:43pm

@Riaz: Are you aware of the officers and soldiers lost in Srilankan civil war. Lately, a complete battalion mutinied against their officers in Bangladesh. Unheard in modern professional armies. Riaz, what kind of illiterate statement has come from you.

A.Saeed Sep 22, 2013 05:11pm

Wipe them out. Nation is with Army.

waseem Sep 22, 2013 06:17pm

@Tariq Mahmood: Well for a change you suddenly woke up. He has been right most of the time, only in this case you have the complete situation in front of you. It is simple National defence policies cannot be created or altered on the behest of Najam Sethi and Hamid Mir. These people are journalists and do not hold requisite qualifications or defence related degrees, as a GP cannot perform open heat surgery but might make some guesses......Oh yes! by discussing those subjects on the media, they do make lot of money and many countries pay them for that............the complete North Africa is in front of you....THINK PLEASE!

Sher Sep 23, 2013 10:23am

General Saheb, it is not the role of the army to carry out reconstruction work. People wonder who decides about deployment or redeployment of our security forces?