Army Chief visits Waziristan

Updated about Jun 14, 2016

RAWALPINDI: Army chief General Raheel Sharif on Tuesday paid a visit to North and South Waziristan Agency, ISPR said.

“The army chief spent his day with soldiers of the Pakistan Army and local tribesmen while reviewing operations for rehabilitation of the temporary displaced persons (TDPs),” a statement issued by the military’s media wing read.

The army chief’s visit comes as the ongoing military operation Zarb-e-Azb continues in the tribal areas.

Operation Zarb-e-Azb began on June 15, 2014 following a brazen terrorist attack on Karachi airport and the failure of peace talks between the government and the outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).

Most areas of the erstwhile safe haven of homegrown and foreign militants have been purged. Tens of thousands of tribesmen displaced by fighting have started returning to their homes in the areas cleared by the military.

In April this year, the military announced that terrorists had been driven out of their last bastion in North Waziristan Agency, announcing the completion of the final phase of the massive operation launched in mid-June 2014.