ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said on Tuesday that the ongoing military offensive Operation Zarb-e-Azb in North Waziristan has inflicted a fatal blow to militants.
“Pakistan Army have given exemplary sacrifices in this operation,” the premier said, referring to the operation launched on June 15 this year after peace talks with the Taliban failed.
“Peace restored in this operation will also result in peace in the region,” he said, while chairing a meeting in Islamabad, a day after the army gave a go-ahead to civilian authorities to start the phased return of over one million internally displaced persons (IDPs) to North Waziristan Agency.
“We will reconstruct a better area for the IDPs when they return,” the premier added.
Prime Minister Nawaz further said that the IDPs have also given great sacrifices for the stability of Pakistan, while assuring that the State would look after their needs.
As per details from the PM House, a comprehensive strategy for rehabilitation of IDPs and reconstruction in areas where the operation was conducted was presented and reviewed.
The director general military operation gave a detailed presentation on the clearance of the areas.
The meeting was attended by army chief General Raheel Sharif, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Governor Mehtab Abbasi, Federal Minister SAFRON Abdul Qadir Baloch, the PM’s senior aide Sartaj Aziz and Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi.