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Pakistan army chief visits troops fighting militants

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, July 14, IRNA -- Pakistan’s army chief Wednesday visited troops fighting in a tribal region along the border with Afghanistan and paid rich tributes to officers and soldiers who laid down their lives while fighting against militants in recent months.

General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani praised troops for their fight against the militants in mountainous Mohmand tribal Agency, the army said.

General Kayani attributed the success to the outstanding combat skills and high morale of the armed forces and Frontier Corps.

He also praised the joint operations of Pakistan Army and Pakistan Air Force for the clearance of areas in Mohmand Agency.

General Kayani also met the notables of Mohmand Agency and thanked them for their wholehearted support for the military operations, an army statement said.

He emphasized the need for the Tribes to take full responsibility and effective control for ensuring sustainable peace in their area. He directed the military and civil authorities to extend all possible support to the returning the IDPs.

Malik Subedar Safi, the representative of local tribal elders thanked the army chief and acknowledged the sacrifices of the Army in flushing out the terrorists.

Tribal elders also appreciated the efforts of the local authorities in restoring the old system of tribal administration as per their traditions.

The army chief was informed that over 1500 terrorists have surrendered to the Political Agent and are being dealt in accordance with the tribal laws.

Troops also destroyed seven factories of IEDs in the area. During the Mohmand operations, 69 officers and soldiers were killed and 231 were injured, including 41 critical injuries.

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