Pakistan Army Chief Gen Raheel Sharif said the military operation ‘Zarb-i-Azb’ is an example of war for peace and this operation was bringing ‘stability and prosperity’ to the country.
He said on Sunday at the ceremony of first international Physical Agility and Combat Efficiency System (PACES) Competition, “Today, our brave men can tell the world with pride that by eliminating terrorist networks from the far reaches of the Pak-Afghan border, an environment of peace and prosperity is flourishing. Having overcome the heartless enemy, we are set to march forward on the road to progress.”
The event was held in Lahore. The armies of 18 countries including Sri Lanka, Qatar, Bangladesh, Australia, Turkey, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Nepal, Indonesia, Russia, Maldives and the United Kingdom participated in the event.
The Army Chief also said that Pakistan is now more stronger than ever. He added the country is now “stand integrated” with the whole world. He was optimist about the nation’s progress. He asserted, “Having overcome the heartless enemy, we are set to march forward on the road to progress.”
The Chief stated that Pakistan’s Physical Agility and Combat Efficiency System has proven to the world that the country has ability to fight with terrorism. “Our troops confronted insurmountable challenges that called for extreme endurance and constant vigilance.”
He continued that the success against terrorism was reposed on the physical strength of their officers and men. “This, coupled with sincerity of purpose and clear direction contributed heavily towards fortifying their will and morale during intense and demanding operations.”
To fulfil the trust of the nation the Pakistan Army was trained to bear on the soldierly attributes of character, courage and competence, according to Sharif.
About the PACES competition the Chief concluded that it was a “great success”. “We look forward to holding such events in future as well and I am sure that we will see even larger and more diverse participation.”