RAWALPINDI: A conference of Pakistan Army’s commanders has stressed the need for introducing reforms in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata).

The 75th conference of Annual Formation Comm­anders held at the GHQ here on Tuesday was presided over by Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa, said a press release of the Inter-Services Public Relations.

It was attended by all general officers of the army.

The conference deliberated upon the situation in Fata and impending Fata reforms, reiterated requirement of the reform process in line with aspirations of the people of Fata and discussed recent measures for better Pak-Afghan border management.

Addressing the conference, the COAS said that the security situation in the country was improving. He said the improving state of stability in the country was achieved after countless sacrifices by security forces, law enforcement agencies and the nation. The gains of military operations would be consolidated for the establishment of a complete peace in the country, he added.

The participants were briefed on geo-strategic environment, progress of Raddul Fasaad military operation, operational preparedness against conventional threat and other matters concerning national security.

Referring to his recent visits to front line field formations along the country’s eastern and western borders, the COAS appreciated the high state of operational readiness and morale of troops, especially displayed in response to recent border and ceasefire violations. He said that notwithstanding Pakistan’s desire for an enduring peace with its neighbours, any hostile action anywhere along the country’s frontier would be responded befittingly.

Expressing satisfaction over improving situation in Balochistan, the conference reiterated its resolve to continue meaningful contributions towards stability and progress in Balochistan with support of its people.

The conference discussed progress on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and security measures for the mega project.

It decided to continue the Karachi operation and operations in Punjab and other parts of the country till sustainable stability is achieved in these areas.

The participants expressed satisfaction with steps being taken by the army. They also expressed their resolve to protect geo and ideological frontiers of the country.

Published in Dawn, May 24th, 2017

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