Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani visited Panakot, Dir, on Friday. According to ISPR , COAS was briefed about the latest situation at Dir, with particular emphasis on measures being adopted against the threat posed by miscreants operating from safe havens across the border. While interacting with officers and men, he praised their high morale and sense of sacrifice. He also met the local elders and thanked them for their support, emphasizing the need for enduring partnership between Army and local population for bringing complete normalcy in the area. He categorically stated that Army is committed to bringing peace and development of the area. He stressed that Army units deployed there will not leave till terrorists are defeated and smooth transition of responsibility to civil administration takes place. On arrival, COAS was received by Commander Peshawar Corps, Lieutenant General Khalid Rabbani and other senior officers.