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Army will employ all resources to defend motherland: COAS

Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa has said that Pakistan Army shall employ all resources required for the defence of the motherland and safety and security of the peace loving tribes.

Gen Qamar visited Pak-Afghan border areas in Mohmand and Orakzai Agency and appreciated the moral and operational preparedness of the troops, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said.

COAS was given detailed briefing about the border security arrangements, cross border terrorist threat and recent terrorist attacks from across on the Pakistani posts.

He interacted with troops at Suran and Kalaya and hailed their morale, operational preparedness and effective response to recent cross border terrorists attacks.

Gen Qamar appreciated the killing of five terrorists, including high value terrorist Duran in recent intelligence-based operation (IBO) and greatly valued the martyrdom of Major Mudassar and two soldiers during the operation.

He said that he is proud of great sacrifices made by security forces and people of Pakistan in the effort to clean the country from these fasaadis, the statement added.

Fencing on Pak-Afghan border

Army chief said that fencing on Pak-Afghan border has commenced and termed border areas in Bajaur and Mohmand agencies as first priority, being high threat zones. He added that additional technical surveillance means are also being deployed along the border besides regular air surveillance.

Gen Bajwa further said that efforts are in hand to evolve a bilateral border security mechanism with Afghan authorities. A better managed, secure and peaceful border is in mutual interest of both brotherly countries who have given phenomenal sacrifices in war against terrorism, he noted.

He also said that mainstreaming of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) is in the best national interest. Development works are also being implemented expeditiously to bring enduring peace and stability in the area.

Earlier, on arrival, the COAS was received by Commander Peshawar Corps Lieutenant General Nazir Ahmed Butt.

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