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article imagePakistan COAS general visits Quetta air bases attacked this week Special

By George McGinn     Aug 19, 2014 in World
Islamabad - Pakistan's Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif visited the PAF Base Samugli and Khalid Aviation Base Quetta after security forces killed five suicide bombers who attempted to execute a coordinated attack on both air bases.
General Sharif, in a statement sent through Pakistan's Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) to a Digital Journal reporter on August 15, terrorists tried to enter both the Khalid Aviation Base and the Smungli Base, both located at opposite ends of the city.
General Sharif said that prompt action by security forces averted both attacks. Neither air bases sustained any damage and both are fully operational.
General Sharif, visiting the bases the day after the attack by terrorists, commended the security forces for their "professionalism and commitment" and of the troops who averted the terrorists bid to attack air and aviation bases in Quetta.
After the attempted attacks on the two air bases, the Pakistan Army deployed an additional 350 troops into the Red Zone, bringing the total to 700. Since June 15, the military already had 350 troops in the Red Zone.
Since Operation Zarb-e-Azb began on June 15, the Pakistani military and security forces have been using air strikes and ground troops to cripple the terrorist's ability to mount any major offensive in Pakistan or across the border into Afghanistan.
The military has destroyed or captured communications networks, places for them to hide, manufacturing plants for IED's and ammo, and has broken the will of the terrorists.
General Sharif also expressed his appreciation to the local population for their cooperation by informing on and encircling these terrorists, as the country has rejected the terrorists and want them out of their country.
Sharif said in a statement received by a Digital Journal reporter that Pakistan's citizens are behind the military's efforts and also wants to rid the nation of terrorism and terrorists.
He said only a collective and coordinated approach of the nation's citizens and security forces "will lead us to final elimination of menace of terrorism and ensure a durable peace in Balochistan and other parts of the country."
General Sharif, along with Chief Minister (CM) Balochistan Dr. Abdul Malik Baloch, visited the headquarters of the Southern Command in Quetta.
Southern Command Commander Lieutenant General Nasser Khan Janjua gave a detailed briefing on the overall law and order situation in the Province.
Dr. Malik expressed his appreciation for Pakistan's military's efforts in stabilizing and help in development of the province. Law and order has improved over the past year in the province, and he said that the efforts are starting to show its impact.
General Sharif reiterated that the Pakistan Army will continue providing assistance in enhancing law enforcement agencies capabilities to ensure peace in the province.
The Pakistan Army trained the police in the province and provided them with weapons. General Sharif said the military will continue to work on any development projects to bring relief to our "brothers from Balochistan."
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