Islamabad (Staff Report): A delegation of the US Senate’s Armed Services Committee headed by Senator John McCain visited South Waziristan along with Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Monday and praised the Pakistan Army’s efforts in eliminating terrorist networks and improving socioeconomic conditions there, said a statement issued by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the military’s public relations wing.
According to ISPR statement, the delegation said, “Pak Army’s efforts are a great success story and strong Pak-US partnership is only way to succeed.”
Earlier on Sunday, the delegation also had a meeting with COAS General Qamar Javed Bajwa.
The ISPR statement also said that the visiting delegation included Senator Lindsey Graham, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Senator David Perdue and senior members of staff.
Mr Jonathan, US Charge d’ Affairs to Pakistan also accompanied the delegation.
US delegation acknowledged and appreciated Pak Army's success and socio-economic uplift efforts. COAS thanked US for their support. (2 of 2) pic.twitter.com/eXACLpBqb4— Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor (@OfficialDGISPR) July 3, 2017
COAS Bajwa also thanked US for their cooperation.
The visiting delegation was flown over the area to fully view the Pak-Afghan border and have a better understanding of the prevailing security situation.
The ISPR statement read, “The delegation having seen the realities on ground acknowledged the efforts and sacrifices made by Pakistan Army and the local tribes for reestablishing peace and order in the area.”