WANA: Chief of the Army Staff Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani on Monday said that the Pakistan Army did not want to fight inside the country and had to conduct the operation in South Waziristan under a compulsion to evict terrorists and restore peace.
Addressing a meeting of tribal elders after the inauguration of a cadet college at Spinkai and the ground-breaking ceremony of Tank-Gomal-Wana Road, he said the army was also carrying out rehabilitation and reconstruction work for the uplift of people of Waziristan and was here to improve the situation and eliminate any chance of recurrence of terrorism in the area.
Gen Kayani said the army was deployed on the demand of the locals and would remain here till the completion of development projects. He said the building of cadet college was being completed at a cost of Rs500 million.
Reminding that this was the second such college in the area, he said classes for the first batch had already started while the second one would join in August.
The chief of the army staff said that education was the key to success and the college would go a long way for uplift of the area and the coming generation of the region would be the main beneficiary. He said a network of roads was also being completed in this area to serve as the third transit link for trade with Afghanistan. He said this road network would also reduce the distance between Pakistan and Afghanistan by 350 kilometres.
Gen Kayani said that water supply schemes, dams and the provision of electricity would change the destiny of tribal people. He also announced the construction of a cricket stadium in Chaghmali area.
Earlier, Gen Kayani was briefed about the Tank-Gomal-Wana Road. He was informed that a 215-kilometre portion of the road had been completed while the remaining 350 kilometres would be built by next year.On the occasion, the tribal elders expressed confidence in the Pakistan Army and assured their full support for maintaining peace in the region.