MAMOSA Report — A high-level Russian military delegation visited the restive North and South Waziristan tribal regions on Thursday, Pakistan military’s inter-services media wing ISPR said in a statement.
Russia’s Deputy Chief of General Staff, Col. General Israkov Sergi Yuryevich, led the visitors to get firsthand account of the country’s anti-terror gains in FATA close to the Afghan border.
The delegation was flown to Miranshah in North Waziristan Agency, and Wana in South Waziristan Agency along the Pak-Afghan border.
A Pakistan army statement said the delegation was briefed about efforts to clear the northwestern tribal region along the Afghan border from terrorists belonging to different militant groups, mainly Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).
The delegation, also accompanied by Commander Peshawar Corps Lt. Gen. Nazir Butt, was also briefed about border management and socio-economic development projects in the area for enduring stability, it added.
North Waziristan and South Waziristan are two of seven tribal regions in Pakistan where the army launched full-scale onslaughts to clear them from TTP and its allies in 2014 and 2009 respectively.
The army claims to have cleared militants from 90 percent of the region.
The military delegation’s visit — an unprecedented development, came amid growing ties between Pakistan and Russia after decades of Cold War era geopolitics.
In September, Russia held its first-ever military exercises with Pakistan and has also started selling weapons to Islamabad.
The two countries have also convergence of views on the current unrest in Afghanistan. Both Islamabad and Moscow are now cooperating and working closely with each other to find a political solution to the festering conflict in Afghanistan.