General Raheel Sharif, COAS visited Mangora, Kanju and Khwazakhela in Swat today. During the visit, COAS along with CM and Governor KP laid the foundation stone of Swat Cantonment. The Cantonment was approved on 8th September 2015, on a popular demand by the people in view of the much needed long term security for the region.
Speaking at the occasion, COAS paid his gratitude to the people of Swat for their valiant stand against reign of terror and standing alongside the security forces to throw terrorists out of the valley for ever. Congratulating the people of Swat on this historic day, he reaffirmed Army's commitment to continue playing a solid role in bringing enduring peace and security of Swat.
Establishment of cantonment in Swat will act as a deterrent for terrorists, boost the confidence of all LEAs and help bring permanent sense of security with readily available force to counter any threat to peace in the area.
The Cantt will also contribute to local socio-economic development for the area. COAS said that development of FATA and Malakand is a priority task being executed as a well considered strategy.
Pakistan Army has undertaken over 700 mega and minor projects so far in social sector in the areas where operations were carried out. These projects are aimed to improve the quality of life of locals and address the problem of militancy on long term basis.
The whole world acknowledges Pakistan Army for uniquely completing the entire cycle of fighting Terrorism from operations to reconstruction and resettling the displaced people back in the area, COAS said. COAS also appreciated the continued support of locals in combating terrorism and acknowledged their sacrifices in war against terrorism, which became critical for our success.
Chief Minister, Governor KPK and local elders of the area thanked COAS and Pakistan Army for establishment of Cantonment with all its concomitant fringe benefits for the people of Swat. COAS Visited the recently completed Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zaid model Hospital Swat.
Appreciating the quality of hospital and facilities, he along with locals and hospital staff, thanked UAE and its leadership for their contribution for socioeconomic development of the area. UAE Ambassador Essa Abdulla Albasha al Noaimi, and Director UPAP Abdullah Al Ghefeli were also present on the occasion. Later COAS also visited under construction state of the art Army Public School.
Earlier on arrival, corps Comd Lt Gen Hidayat ur Rehman and GOC Swat Major General Asif Ghafoor received the COAS.