Army chief vows to ‘pay any price’ for CPEC security

Published: February 19, 2016


Army chief General Raheel Sharif vowed on Friday that security forces are ready to pay any price to turn the long cherished dream of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) into reality.

“We are totally aware of all campaigns against the corridor and I vow that the security forces are ready to pay any price to turn this long cherished dream into reality,” the army chief said, according to a statement released by the military’s media wing, Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR).

Pakistan Army to establish HQ in Diamer district to ensure CPEC security

The army chief was visiting the headquarters of the newly raised Special Security Division (SSD) for the security of CPEC.

General Raheel urged coordination of law enforcement agencies and other stakeholders to ensure security for the project.

The army chief also reiterated the commitment of Pakistan Army to provide security for the project and the workforce involved, terming it a game changer having the potential to transform lives of people of the country. He also emphasised the need to ensure peaceful environment to be able to push all planned development projects.

PHOTO COURTESY: Facebook/ ISPR Official

Pakistan Army leaving no stone unturned to protect Chinese investment

Earlier, the army chief was given a detailed briefing on the progress of raising of the force and wide ranging security aspects of the project. On arrival, General Raheel was received by Lieutenant General Malik Zafar Iqbal and Major General Abid Rafique, Commander SSD.

Gilgit-Baltistan government announced on Wednesday to “allocate a substantial piece of land to Pakistan Army in Diamer district so it could set up headquarters and ensure security for CPEC.”

According to the officials, the site is situated in Thak Das, a barren piece of land near Chilas, where a brigade will be stationed.

On February 3, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, accompanied by General Raheel, inaugurated Rs13 billion Gwadar-Turbat-Hoshab Road (M-8), a part of the CPEC.

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Reader Comments (6)

  • Rex Minor
    Feb 19, 2016 - 6:10PM

    General, you did promise not to seek extension but did not mention the timing and your future plans after retirement?

    Rex MinorRecommend

  • NHA
    Feb 19, 2016 - 7:37PM

    The military command is to be felicitated on the resolve and determination to ensure security of the epoch making project –CPEC. This Inshallah is the beginning of The Rise of Pakistan, thanks to civil-military synergy.

    People of Pakistan salute you Gen. Shareef for your steadfastness and commitment to the county. Recommend

  • Feb 19, 2016 - 9:20PM

    At least he has resolve to protect Pakistani interests and assets.Recommend

  • Feb 19, 2016 - 10:52PM

    @Rex Minor:
    the retirement timing of this great general is 31 november 2016.and his future should not be your problem.Recommend

  • Zulfiqar Baig
    Feb 20, 2016 - 12:58AM

    General! The whole nation is with you. Please keep on eye on foreign funded political figures and charities.Recommend

  • Question
    Feb 20, 2016 - 10:10AM

    Why is army so interested in a govt infrastructure project. Kickbacks ?Recommend

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