RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif has given the go-ahead for the initiation of the final phase of operation Zarb-i-Azab in the Shawal valley region of North Waziristan.
The go-ahead was given by the army chief during his visit to forward positions of the army in Shawal valley.
The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) stated that the army chief was briefed about the operational gains and impending operations. General Raheel Sharif, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) visited Shawal area of North Waziristan today to review progress of operation Zarb-e-Azb.
General Raheel Sharif directed to commence forthwith the last phase of Operation in North Waziristan which aims at clearing the remnants of terrorists from their hide outs in deeply forested ravines, isolate them and indiscriminately sever their links with their abettors anywhere across the country.
COAS expressed complete satisfaction over the gains and effects of operations and acknowledged the resolve of troops to fully eliminate terrorists from their left over sanctuary.
While addressing troops, participating in the operation, General Raheel Sharif commended their high state of morale and paid rich tributes to their resilience and sacrifice. COAS said that sacrifices of soldiers will not go waste and we will achieve the ultimate goal of a terror free Pakistan.
Earlier, on arrival COAS was received by Lieutenant General Hidayat Ur Rehman, Commander 11 Corps Peshawar.