No Army in Waziristan if tribals behave: Kayani

Waziristan is home to hundreds of al Qaeda and Taliban militants.

Updated: Jun 24, 2011, 17:42 PM IST

Islamabad: The Pakistani Army will withdraw from Waziristan if the tribal residents behave responsibly and act against foreign terrorists, said Army chief Gen Ashfaq Pervez Kayani, according to a media report on Friday.

Addressing a gathering of Ahmedzai Wazir elders in Wana, capital city of South Waziristan, where he inaugurated a military cadet college, Gen Kayani said the presence of the army in the area was not only to carry out anti-terrorist operations, but also to facilitate development, reported the Urdu daily Jang.

During his trip Thursday, Gen Kayani also toured the area and inspected various development projects, included a model village, a government high school and a new market complex, being implemented under the army`s supervision. He also laid the foundation stone of the Waziristan Institute of Technology.