COAS met Air Force Chief on Zarb-e-Azb's Next Phase

Written by  Published by:Pakistan Views Tuesday, 25 August 2015 09:38

ISLAMABAD: Chief of Army Staff met Air Force chief on Monday to discuss the next steps in the Zarb-e-Azb military operation against terrorists in North Waziristan.

“The offensive in Shawal and future plans were discussed when Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman, Chief of the Air Staff, visited the GHQ today and called on Army Chief General Raheel Sharif,” military spokesman Maj Gen Asim Bajwa said.

The PAF has over the years played a key role in the counter-terrorism operations in tribal areas, but its role has been particularly pronounced in the ongoing Zarb-e-Azb operation. ACM Sohail Aman last week took part in air strikes in the Shawal Valley.

Gen Raheel Sharif, while announcing the start of the ground offensive in Shawal, had appreciated the coordination between the PAF and ground troops.

The start of the Shawal phase, which is described by some as the decisive and toughest part of the army’s Zarb-e-Azb operation against Taliban and other terrorist groups, was preceded by an intense aerial campaign that is said to have destroyed terrorists’ infrastructure including one of the ammunition dumps in the region.

“We are looking at how this coordination could be further enhanced,” Maj Gen Bajwa said.

COAS Gen Sharif, the ISPR said, vowed to eliminate all terrorists even from the remotest pockets in the area at all costs.

ACM Aman, meanwhile, assured full support to the ongoing operation against the terrorists.

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