RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif said on Sunday that Pakistan’s armed forces are fully capable to counter any external aggression. Addressing a special ceremony to pay homage to martyrs of Pakistan at GHQ, Rawalpindi, in connection with Defence Day, he said that, “If the enemy tries to impose short or prolonged war on us, it will have to pay an unbearable price.”
He went on to say that Pakistan has been facing terrorism and unconventional war for the last many years. The COAS further said Operation Zarb-e-Azb was started at a time when chaotic forces were challenging the state of Pakistan and law and order situation in the country was at its lowest ebb. He said the incident of attack on Army Public School, Peshawar was the worst example of brutality and tyranny.
He added that the sacrifices of martyred students and the patience of their parents gave a new energy to the nation’s determination to fight the menace of terrorism. He also said most of the terrorists involved in this incident have met their fate.
The Army Chief further said armed forces and other security institutions through their sacrifices have established the writ and supremacy of the state. He said terrorists, supporters and facilitators will be brought to justice. He said establishment of peace in the region is not possible by ignoring the Kashmir dispute. He also appreciated the role of media to unveil the extremist elements in the society and to pay its part in fighting against terror.
Chairman Senate Raza Rabbani, Defence Minister Khawaja Asif, Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, Minister for States and Frontier Regions Abdul Qadir Baloch, Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Khursheed Shah, Prime Minister’s advisor on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Rashad Mehmood, Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman, and Naval Chief Admiral Zakaullah are among the attendees. Relatives of martyrs, parliamentarians, diplomats, military and civilian officials and people from different walks of life are also attending the ceremony. Documentaries showing the valour of the personnel of armed forces were screened and milli songs are being presented on the occasion. Agencies