PESHAWAR: A special provincial Apex Committee meeting of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA was held in Peshawar on Tuesday.

The Forum reviewed the progress of ongoing military and Intelligence based operations, with special focus on return of Temporarily displaced persons.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Sardar Mehtab Ahmad, Chief Minister Pervez Khattak, Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif, Peshawar Corps Commander, senior provincial and FATA Secretariat officials attended the meeting.

The Army Chief paid rich tributes to the resilience and sacrifices of the people of FATA and KP for their unflinching resolve and courage. He said proud tribesmen of FATA and people of KP stood up to atrocities of the terrorists, pushed them back and marginalized them in the society, which deserves highest of accolades.

He said that after successfully evicting terrorists from their sanctuaries and restoring writ of the state, we are in the most difficult phase of the operation. He said we are physically rebuilding the war-damaged areas, resettling  IDPs and eventually establishing an administrative system that focuses on the needs and aspirations of the people.

He emphasized that together with our tribal brethren we shall ensure that terrorists and their facilitators are never allowed to return to these areas.

The Army Chief vowed to ensure a timely and dignified return of TDPs to resettle them in their respective homes. He reiterated his commitment with tribal brethren, to rebuild the area and revive entire socio-economic infrastructure. He emphasized on all concerned to expedite the resettlement process and meet time lines by removing impediments, which are causing delay in timely completion of the work.

The Governor and Chief Minister KP appreciated the wholehearted support of Pakistan Army and reiterated the resolve of FATA and the provincial government to rid the province of terrorism and extremism and pave way for development and well-being of the people.