PESHAWAR: Rehabilitation of internally displaced persons (IDPs) and ongoing military offensives against Taliban militants in tribal areas were discussed at the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Apex Committee meeting, held Sunday to coordinate security and to implement the recently approved National Action Plan (NAP).

According to an Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif assured the forum that Pakistan Army will join hands with political government and Fata administration to expedite the return of IDPs as per already prepared plan in phases, beginning next month, and ensure a comprehensive resettlement.

Governor KP, Chief Minister, senior provincial government and Fata secretariat officials and Peshawar Corps Commander attended the meeting.

Apex Committee is a newly formed mechanism to coordinate security and to implement the recently approved National Action Plan at the provincial level.

The forum discussed the prevalent internal security situation in Fata and the province against the backdrop of National Action Plan and also reviewed the progress of ongoing operations Zarb-i-Azb and Khyber and return plan of IDPs.

Army Chief Gen Raheel paid rich tributes to the resilience and sacrifices of the people of Fata and KP province.

“With unflinching resolve and courage, our proud tribesmen of Fata and people of KP stood up to atrocities of the terrorists, pushed them back and marginalised them in the society,” he said.

The COAS said that after the Peshawar carnage, “the entire nation stands united to fully uproot the menace of terrorism and extremism”. He assured the forum of Army's full support for judicious and speedy implementation of National Action Plan to eliminate not only the terrorists but also their abettors, facilitators and sympathisers from the entire province and Fata.