President Mamnoon Hussain has said that completion of Peshawar-Torkham highway is a clear indication that the enemy is retreating. The President stated that the highway would play the role of a bridge in connecting the countries of West Asia and Central Asia ushering in a new era of peace, prosperity and progress in the region.
The President said this after inaugurating Peshawar-Torkham highway here in Shagai, Khyber Agency, on Thursday.
The President said that inauguration of this historical highway is beginning of a new era. The President stated that the highway would not only play an important role in improving the situation in tribal areas and Pakistan but will also have a positive impact on Afghanistan. The President noted with happiness that Peshawar-Torkham highway would provide better means of communication to the people of tribal areas and enable them to have an easy access to modern centers of health and education. The President praised Frontier Works Organization (FWO) for building and completing this historical road within the stipulated time in line with their tradition.
The President thanked the American government on extending financial assistance in the construction of the highway. The President noted that FWO has also built 680 km roads in other areas of FATA which has interconnected various tribal areas and provided modern communication facilities to the people. The President also appreciated FWO on laying 132 kilowatt transmission line from Gomal to Wana and building a 132 kilowatt grid station in Wana.
The President noted that owing to external factors and complexities the situation would have been worse if the brave and valiant jawans and officers of Pakistan Army had not confronted and halted the lawlessness and bloodshed. The President observed that operation Zarb-e-Azb was launched only after the negotiations failed. The President stated that the sacrifices rendered by Pakistan Army have earned successes in operation Zarb-e-Azb. The President said that the people stand by the armed forces of the country in their operation against terrorism emphasizing that the operation would continue till its logical conclusion.
The President eulogized the sacrifices of the jawans of Pakistan Army who laid down their lives in operation against terrorists adding it was his desire to visit the battle front and embrace the valiant soldiers and pay tribute to martyrs and Ghazis. The President expressed his conviction that a nation having such brave mujahids is destined to achieve victory and glory. The President said that the acts of heroism and chivalry of officers and jawans in war against terrorism are a golden chapter of our history which would continue to inspire the coming generations. The President stated that Pakistan China Economic Corridor is a grand project which would benefit the entire region. The President said that Karachi operation was producing positive results and the city of lights was returning to normalcy.