Pak army will remain in Swat region: Kayani

Ashfaq Parvez Kayani said the force will remain in the restive Swat region until people`s confidence is restored as peace had been restored in the area after a lot of sacrifices and bloodshed.

Last Updated: Dec 21, 2010, 20:27 PM IST

Peshawar: Pakistan Army Chief General Ashfaq
Parvez Kayani said on Tuesday the force will remain in the restive
Swat region until people`s confidence is restored as peace had
been restored in the area after a lot of sacrifices and
bloodshed.

Kayani made the remarks while addressing the
earth-breaking ceremony for a bridge near Barikot in Swat, a
district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province.

Youths affected by the militancy and found involved in
militant activities of a petty nature will be sent back to
their homes as they have been trained at a rehabilitation
institute and will prove to be good citizens in the days to
come, Kayani said.

The army chief individually met the youths trained at the
institute run by Pakistan Army for the "mental rehabilitation"
of persons affected by the Taliban insurgency in Swat.

He expressed the confidence that 46 students who had been
trained in different trades at the Rastoon Institute will
become good citizens and the bread-winners of their families.

These youths will be provided assistance in obtaining
jobs and given a "fair chance" if they wish to join the army
or paramilitary forces, he said.

Kayani also visited a "de-radicalisation and emancipation
programme" being run by the Army.

This facility too is helping in the rehabilitation of
youths affected by the militancy.

The Army chief also interacted with local residents and
said the army will continue to contribute to the development
and rehabilitation of Swat.

The federal government deployed the army in Swat last
year to crush an insurgency led by Taliban commander Maulana
Fazlullah.

Troops killed hundreds of rebels and arrested many more
during the campaign.

PTI