(APP) - Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani here Wednesday said Pakistan Army has set a unique precedent by defeating terrorists in a short span of time in Malakand and Swat Valley and reiterated his strong resolve that the Army will stay here till complete peace is established.
This unprecedented success achieved by the Army was possible due to cooperation of people of Swat, saying security forces will remain in Swat till extermination of the terrorists.
The Chief of Army Staff was addressing a gathering of elites and notables of Swat at Circuit House here. He also visited Shuhada Park and talked with elites of the Saidu Sharif. He laid floral wreath at the Yadgar-e- Shuhada and offered Fateha for the departed souls of martyrs.
He termed sacrifices of security forces and people of Swat in the war against terrorism is matchless and held it in high esteem. He expressed his strong resolve that the Army will give more sacrifices for the sake of peace and people in future if needed.
In Swat, Gen Kayani said the terrorists had challenged the governments writ and were trying to establish a parallel government but our brave forces with cooperation of the people destroyed their nefarious designs.
He said due to successful military operation more than two million IDPs safely returned to their homes after establishment of peace in a short period of three months, which has no precedent in the world.
He said that people of Swat have rendered great sacrifice for the sake of motherland and the forces will ensure protection to their lives and properties.
The arrested terrorists would be tried in courts in accordance to law, he added.
The COAS suggested activation and strengthening of Mohalla committees so that terrorists could not regroup and disturb peace of the valley again. He urged people to keep close eyes on their surroundings and inform security forces in case of presence of the elements.
The Pakistan Army, he said, has started reconstruction work on destroyed schools and other infrastructure and assured that it would be more durable from its earlier condition and would be completed in a record possible time.
Corps Commander Peshawar, Lt General Yasin Malik, Incharge Swat Operation Maj Gen Ashfaq Nadeem, Operation Incharge Upper Swat, Major Gen Javed Iqbal, Commissioner Malakand Fazal Karim Khattak and other senior military officers were present on the occasion.