Bannu/Islamabad - Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif yesterday discussed with temporary displaced persons (TDPs) issues related to their return and resettlement as he broke his fast at a relief camp in Bannu.

“COAS with TDPs: Day spent with TDPs. Aftari with them in TDP camp Bannu. Interacted with them on issues related to their return & resettlement,” tweeted DG ISPR Lt-Gen Asim Saleem Bajwa.

Earlier, the army chief was briefed about the return, resettlement and development work for the dignified return of the TDPs in Miranshah, North Waziristan Agency.

Gen Raheel had last month paid a visit to North and South Waziristan Agency to review operations for rehabilitation.

The army chief spent his day with soldiers of the Pakistan Army and local tribesmen while reviewing operations for rehabilitation of the TDPs,” the ISPR said.

Operation Zarb-e-Azb began on June 15, 2014 following a brazen terrorist attack on Karachi airport and the failure of peace talks between the government and the outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).

Army chief, US commander discuss Pakistan, Afghanistan border mechanism.In April this year, the military announced that terrorists had been driven out of their last bastion in North Waziristan Agency, announcing the completion of the final phase of the massive operation launched in mid-June 2014.

Hundreds of militants had reportedly retreated to the densely forested ravines of Shawal after fleeing Zarb-e-Azb. The operation was accelerated after terrorists methodically killed 140-plus pupils and staff at the Army Public School in Peshawar in December 2014.