Global response needed to defeat terrorism: General Raheel

Army chief witnesses trilateral "Eagle Dash-I" exercise between Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Maldives in K-P

News Desk February 04, 2016
General Raheel Sharif witnesses trilateral "Eagle Dash-I" exercise between Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Maldives in K-P. PHOTO: ISPR

Army chief General Raheel Sharif has said terrorism is a global phenomenon and required a coordinated, global response.

According to the ISPR, General Raheel visited on Thursday the National Counter Terrorism Center (NCTC) to witness exercise "Eagle Dash-I" between Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Maldives in Pabbi, Nowshera district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Congratulating the participants for displaying high level of professionalism and combat skills, army chief underscored that such exercises consolidate special relationship between the forces and help eliminate terrorism from the region.

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"Terrorism is a global phenomenon and terrorists have no country, religion or sect. Hence, a coordinated global response from us all [is required]."

"Pakistan has been victim of terrorism for over a decade and sacrificed a lot but at the end we have turned the tide primarily due to resilience displayed by the whole nation and professionalism of our armed forces," added the COAS.


General Raheel said Pakistan was "willing to share our experiences with the world for the benefit of humanity and as an obligation towards international peace".

He said Pakistan Army had taken the initiative of providing counter-terrorism training to police and other law enforcement agencies in Pakistan in an effort to enhance their capacity in dealing with terrorism.

Foreign military delegates from Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Maldives and South Africa witnessed the exercise.

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The two-week trilateral exercise focused on counter-terrorism operations and sharing of field combat experience of the three armed forces, the ISPR said.

Owing to the successes of Operation Zarb-e-Azb, a large number of friendly countries had requested Pakistan Army to organise training for their troops at the state of the art NCTC, added the statement.

So far Pakistan Army has conducted joint exercises with Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, China and Jordan to enhance their combat efficiency.


PkMAP | 5 years ago | Reply We should not wait for global response but a national solution is needed to defeat terrorism. Since 2004, Pakistan army is fighting terrorist elements in FATA but failed to win over the hearts and minds of local masses. Local community consider army as facilitator of the militants. Second, Pakistan must end the policy of Good and Bad Taliban if serious to defeat militants and root out terrorism. Hunting with the hounds and running with deer would not yield any result.
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