Kayani visits militancy-affected areas in northwest Pak
Last Updated: Thursday, April 22, 2010, 00:02
Islamabad: Army chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani on Wednesday toured militancy-affected areas in northwest Pakistan, warning that strict action will be taken against anyone who takes the law into his hands and challenges the government's writ.

Kayani issued the warning while addressing a jirga or council of tribal elders in the restive Bajaur tribal region.

The tribesmen played a key role in purging the region of militants by fighting shoulder-to-shoulder with the security forces, he said.

Militants were flushed out due to the successful military action in restive areas and this greatly helped in restoring the government's writ, Kayani said, adding peace was very important for the progress and prosperity of tribal areas.

The army chief visited Bajaur Agency to take stock of the security situation in the area.

Peshawar Corps Commander Lt Gen Asif Yaseen Malik and Frontier Corps Inspector General Maj Gen Tariq Khan accompanied him.

Kayani met elders and chiefs of Tharkani and Utmankhel tribes.

He also visited the troubled Swat valley in Khyber-Pakhtoonkhwa province and met local elders in Mingora and Saidu Sharif.

Kayani claimed the army had set a "unique precedent" by defeating terrorists in Malakand and Swat valley in a short span of time.

The militants in Swat had challenged the government's writ and were trying to establish a parallel government but the security forces overcame their nefarious designs, he said.

The army will remain in the area till complete peace is established and militants are exterminated while arrested rebels will be tried in courts in accordance with law, he added.

Kayani asked the people to activate and strengthen local neighbourhood committees to ensure that militants could not regroup and disturb the peace of Swat valley again.

Strict security measures were put in place for the army chief's visit.


First Published: Thursday, April 22, 2010, 00:02

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