ISLAMABAD - The Corps Commanders Conference expressed complete satisfaction on the progress of the operation Zarb-e-Azb and lauded the achievements made so far.

The forum was briefed on the strategy for return of Temporary Displaced Persons (TDPs) including rehabilitation of NWA and rest of FATA was discussed in detail.

According to a statement released by Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif presided over the 177th Corps Commanders Conference which was held at General Headquarters Rawalpindi on Friday.

According to details, the forum was briefed about the ongoing intelligence-based operations, which have led to the apprehension of a large number of terrorists hiding across the country. The Corps Commander Conference was also briefed about the next phases of the operation Zarb-e-Azb and Khyber. During the ongoing operations, a number of terrorists have been arrested across the country.

It is worth-mentioning that the security forces had gunned down three terrorists including an important Al-Qaeda operative during an intelligence operation in North Waziristan area of Shainwarsak on December 6. In the action, Adnan Alshikri was killed along with his accomplice and local facilitator. According to ISPR, Adnan Akshikri and his accomplice were gunned down while a soldier was also martyred in the battle.   

Appreciating the effort, General Raheel Sharif directed continuous evaluation of the ongoing operation and an effective integration of efforts of all intelligence agencies to achieve optimum results against the terrorists. He also underlined the need for preparation and integration of efforts with Federal and Provincial governments for safe and dignified return of all TDPs to their homes at priority.

Due to the ongoing military operation in different parts of the country, the number of TDPs has reached to almost two million.

Federal Minister Retd Gen Qadir Baloch had stated in November that almost two million people were displaced due to the military operations and 1.5 million of them are registered. Various political parties have been pressing the government for the rehabilitation of the TDPs.  

Apart from discussing matters of professional interest, the participants undertook a comprehensive review of internal and external security situation of the country. The forum was also briefed on the improving Pak-Afghan bilateral relations which are believed to improve after the new-Afghan government has assumed power. The army chief emphasised the need for early functioning of mutually agreed security initiatives with Afghanistan.

Thee Inter Services Public Relations Director-General Asim Bajwa, sharing details of the Corps Commanders' Conference on Twitter, said a comprehensive plan for repatriation and rehabilitation of the Temporary Displaced Personss was discussed.