Rawalpindi – September 7, 2015: General Raheel Sharif, Pakistan Chief
of Army Staff visited Kalam Festival on the concluding day today. He
appreciated people of Swat for playing a vital role in support of
Security forces in revival of peace in the area and bringing festivals
and tourism back to the valley. Raheel said that dark-age of terrorism
prevailed in Malakand Division till a few years back and it had become
impossible to hold such functions in Swat. But sacrifices and firm
commitment of the valiant soldiers of Pakistan Army, civil forces and
the local people has eliminated terrorism from Malakand Division.
Expressing the hope that tourism will flourish in the beautiful land
of Swat, COAS assured that Army will always stand by people of Swat
and help build capacity of civilian institutions. He reiterated that
terrorists will not be allowed to return to these areas and disrupt
peace and stability of Swat.Raheel appreciated the organisers for
arranging such an excellent event.