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Pakistani, Sri Lankan forces to continue working together: COAS Sharif

COLOMBO/RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif on Sunday said that Pakistan and Sri Lankan forces will continue to work together in the larger interest of the region, ARY News reported.

“We would always stand with our brothers on their way to greater security and prosperity,” said the Pakistan army chief, while addressing a reception in his honor in Colombo, Sri Lanka. “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.”

Gen Sharif paid rich tributes to Sri Lankan armed forces for their resilience, professionalism and sacrifices in war against terrorism.

He said that the states that suffered from internal conflict collapsed because their institutions, particularly armed forces were unable to sustain.

The COAS said: Pakistan and Sri Lanka have shown resilience in fight against terrorism for bringing peace and stability in the region. The relationship between the two states is special, and defence and security cooperation has been central to this relationship.

Speaking about ongoing Operation Zarb-e-Azb, he said the aim of this operation is to bring enduring peace and stability in Pakistan and the region.

“With the support of our nation, we have successfully dismantled their infrastructure and created significant effects,” General Raheel Sharif mentioned. “We as a nation are determined to take this surge to its logical end, whatever it may take.”

Earlier upon his arrival at reception, COAS was received by Lieutenant General A W J C De Silva, Commander of Sri Lanka Army.

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