LAHORE: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif on Sunday said Operation Zarb-e-Azb had brought prosperity and stability to Pakistan and the region, ARY News reported.
Talking to the culminating ceremony of 1st International Physical Agility Combat Efficiency System (PACES) competition of friendly countries, he said the tourney reflected preparedness and fitness of our troops.
Pakistan Army hosted unprecedented cricket tournament of 18 leading armies of the world including Sri Lanka, England, Saudi Arabia, China and Australia at Lahore.
“The occasion is an opportunity to promote mutual cooperation and brotherhood. Today, Pakistan stands more integrated with rest of the world than ever before with such events as a fine example,” the Army chief said.
He said Physical Agility and Combat Efficiency System of Pakistan Army has proven its effectiveness during the recent fight against terrorism. Our troops confronted insurmountable challenges that called for extreme endurance and constant vigilance.
“Our success against terrorism owes immensely to the physical strength and mental robustness of our officers & men. This, coupled with sincerity of purpose and clear direction contributed heavily towards fortifying their will and morale during intense and demanding operations,” he said.
Raheel Sharif said he had always believed that it was the disposition of the soldier that determined the outcome of the battle. Pakistan Army was trained to constantly uphold its soldierly attributes of courage, character and competence to fulfill the trust reposed by the nation.
“Operation Zarb-e-Azb is an example of War for Peace which is bringing stability and prosperity to Pakistan and the region. Today, our brave men can tell the world with pride that by eliminating terrorist networks from the far reaches of Pak-Afghan border, an environment of peace and prosperity is flourishing,” he said adding having overcome the heartless enemy, we are set to march forward on the road to progress.