Says Armed forces dismantled militants’ infrastructure
–Praises Sri Lankan role to uproot terrorism
RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif Sunday said the armed forces have successfully dismantled militants’ infrastructure and created significant effects.
“We as a nation are determined to take this surge to its logical end, whatever it may take,” Sharif said while speaking at a reception hosted at Colombo by Quetta Alumni Association, an effective body of large group of Srilankan military Students trained in Pakistan.
He said that ongoing Operation Zarb-e-Azb was launched to bring enduring peace and stability in the country and the region.
The COAS said that relationship between Pakistan and Sri Lanka is special, and defence and security cooperation has been central to this relationship.
“We would always stand with our brothers on their way to greater security and prosperity,” Sharif said
Paying rich tributes to Sri Lankan armed forces for their resilience, professionalism and sacrifices in war against terrorism, he said Sri Lanka has fought a long war against terrorism and its model of counter insurgency and later efforts for sustainable peace are text book case study.
The army chief said that states that suffered from internal conflict collapsed because their institutions, particularly armed forces were unable to sustain.
Pakistan and Sri Lanka have shown resilience in fight against terrorism for bringing peace and stability in the region.
Earlier, on arrival at reception, COAS was received by Lieutenant General A W J C De Silva, Commander of Sri Lanka Army.
According to a press release of ISPR, Raheel Sharif is having a very positive and progressive tour of Sri Lanka. NNI