MABAD - Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani during his visit to Swat on Tuesday attended the groundbreaking ceremony of Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Bridge near Barikot
The UAE-funded bridge is being constructed by Frontier Works Organisation under the Quick Impact Projects. A UAE delegation led by Ali Saif Sultan Al Awani, Ambassador of UAE, was also present on the occasion. The COAS thanked the brotherly country for its support to the people of Pakistan.
The COAS also visited De-radicalisation and Emancipation Program (DREP) facility being run under the auspices of Pakistan Army to rehabilitate the affected youth.
The COAS also interacted with the locals and reiterated that Army will continue to contribute meaningfully towards the development and rehabilitation of Swat.
Earlier, on arrival, the Corps Commander, Lieutenant General Asif Yasin Malik, received the COAS.
Haroon Siraj from Swat adds: The COAS, while addressing the participants, said the Army would stay in Swat unless and until the residents get satisfied with the law and order in the area. He also announced the reintegration of the trainees with the civil society and hoped that they would become useful members of the society. He also urged the people to join Pak Army and serve the nation.