Chief of the Arms staff (COAS) Pakistan, General Raheel Sharif states at his last defense day ceremony that despite the successes of Operation Zarb-i-Azb threats to peace persist. Army chief on Tuesday stressed on the importance of implementation of the National Action Plan (NAP) and wide-ranging legal and governance reforms to sustain the military’s achievements against terrorists.
Gen. Sharif alleged: “Operation Zarb-i-Azb has attained its military objectives, and today the Pakistan flag flies proudly over all parts of the country, but, at the same time, he admitted that “internal and external threats to peace have not been completely eliminated”.
Army Chief also paid homage after laying a circlet at the Yadgar-i-Shuhada at a Defense Day ceremonyat the GHQ
COAS shared his view of the measures necessary to address these continuing threats, calling for the effective implementation of NAP, addressing weaknesses in the criminal justice system and reformists break the nexus between organized crime, corruption and terrorism.
He said the military considered the fight against terrorism a war for the survival of the homeland and pledged to go to any lengths to ensure national security.
“For the operation to yield its full dividends, all stakeholders and institutions of state must play their respective roles with the utmost sincerity and commitment,” he suggested.
He concluded his remarks with a tribute to the victims of terrorism — the martyrs of the Army Public School, Bacha Khan University and the Quetta Civil Hospital — as well as the families of military and security personnel who had laid down their lives in the defense of their homeland.
The army chief also cited the example of Pakistan’s relationship with China as the best illustration of a relationship based on mutual respect and the principle of equality in the region.
The general vowed to defeat all designs against CPEC, timely completion and protection is our national undertaking. I assure you that we shall not allow any external force to hinder it and any such attempts will be dealt with an iron hand.”
He was of the opinion that Pakistan’s “sincere efforts” for peace in its war-torn neighbor were being blocked by unnamed “self-serving quarters”, that were not sincere with Afghanistan.
He reiterated Pakistan’s commitment to better border management with Afghanistan’s help and hoped that a mechanism in this regard could be developed in concert with the Afghan government.