Gen Bajwa assures support to acquire justice for Naqeebullah


RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Thursday assured Naqeebullah Mehsud’s father of support to obtain justice for the slain aspiring model.

A statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said that the army will support all efforts to obtain justice for the slain youth, who was murdered in a fake counter by Sindh Police SSP Rao Anwar.

General Bajwa, who was in the South Waziristan Agency (SWA) to inaugurate two mega projects, condoled and offered prayers for the departed soul. Speaking to the local tribal elders, General Bajwa said that the country was now in a phase of stability and development after facing difficult times during terrorism and operations against terrorists.

He urged the local elders to not allow anyone to jeopardise the peace attained at a very heavy cost of blood and money.

The army chief said that the early mainstreaming of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) to the popular aspirations of the local tribes was essential for its development and enduring stability.

General Bajwa also acknowledged the complete support of tribal people to the army and their resolve to maintain and strengthen the gains. The tribal elders thanked Pakistan Army for restoring peace and development projects and assured that tribes stand firmly with the army for the journey towards enduring peace.

Projects including the Agriculture Park at Wana and a market at Makeen, part of the socio-economic uplift programme for FATA, were inaugurated by the army chief. The projects were executed by engineers of the Pakistan Army in collaboration with the government, the statement said.

Wana’s Agriculture Park comprises multiple components including a state-of-the-art pine-nut processing plant, a cold storage facility boasting a 1,000-tonne capacity, warehouses, and 128 shops. The Makeen Market Complex has 728 shops, allied facilities and a park for children.