Wednesday, June 2, 2010

COAS seeks tribal elders’ help for peace

 COAS seeks tribal elders' help for peace

Wednesday, June 02, 2010
Assures them of restoring normalcy; visits Kurram, Orakzai

By our correspondent

PARACHINAR/KALAYA: Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani on Tuesday visited the Kurram and Orakzai agencies and assured the tribal elders that security forces would extend to them all-out support in establishing peace across the tribal belt.

In Parachinar, the agency headquarters of Kurram Agency, the Army chief addressed both the Shia and Sunni tribal elders at the Jirga Hall. He asked the elders to support the Army's efforts in establishing the writ of the state and restoration of peace. He lauded the sacrifices of the tribal people in the face of militancy and assured them thatsecurity forces would protect their lives and property.

He approved the construction of Army Public School and College in Kurram Agency with immediate effect.Later, General Kayani flew to Orakzai Agency, where he was briefed at Kalaya, the agency headquarters, on the ongoing military action against the militants.

General Kayani addressed a 30-member Jirga of tribal elders, belonging to Ferozkhel, Bezotkhel, Utmankhel, Sheikhan, Meshtikhel and Manikhel tribes. He underlined the need for the tribesmenís support in restoring peace in the area.

On the occasion, he announced the raising of Orakzai Scouts with headquarters in Kalaya. The elders warmly received the Army chief and presented him a traditional turban and two sheep as per the tribal tradition.

Meanwhile, a press release of the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said General Kayani interacted with the troops in Orakzai and Kurram and greatly appreciated their professionalism and high morale.

He reassured the tribal elders that return of normalcy to the area and prosperity would be ensured. General Kayani's visit to Orakzai Agency marks the successful conclusion of operations in the tribal region. Return of internally displaced persons (IDPs) is expected to start shortly.

The COAS appreciated the professional conduct of the operation, which has cleared the tribal region of terrorists.







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