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Terrorist Attacks Won’t be Tolerated: Army Chief

Peshawar: Whilst backing the ongoing government-led peace process with Taliban insurgents, Chief of Army Staff General (COAS) Raheel Sharif has expressed the resolve of not tolerating the terrorist attacks anymore.

The new Army Chief, during his first visit to the Corps Headquarters in Peshawar after assuming the office of army chief, clarified that the terrorist attacks in the country won’t be tolerated and will be effectively countered, said a statement issued by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the mouthpiece of armed forces.

Army chief’s statement came four days after the martyrdom of five soldiers in a suicide bombing in a security checkpost at Khajori in North Waziristan. At least 34 soldiers had also been injured in the attack. Pakistan army swung into action after the bombing and has killed at least 60 suspected militants in raids and shelling since.

Raheel Sharif, who took over the reins of armed forces after the retirement of General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani last month, laid flower wreath at Yadgar-e-Shuhada on his arrival in provincial capital, where he was received by Corps Commander Lieutenant General Khalid Rabbani.

The Army Chief appreciated the resolve demonstrated by the soldiers in the war against terrorism and bringing stability to strongholds of militants.

 “He paid tribute to the martyrs who sacrificed their lives for the defence of motherland,” said ISPR statement.

Later the authorities briefed him about operational, training and administrative matters comprehensively at the Corps Headquarters.

General Sharif hailed the infrastructure building and reconstruction work being carried out by the Army for socio-economic benefit of the inhabitants of Federally Administrated Tribal Areas (FATA) and Malakand Division and directed the concerned authorities to timely complete these projects.

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