Chief of Army Staff, (COAS) General Raheel Sharif on Wednesday visited Armed Forces Institute of Ophthalmology (AFIO) and met wounded warriors of Operation Zarb-e-Azb. "We never give up and never quit", he said interacting with war heroes, an ISPR news release stated. Till date a total of 179 soldiers have lost their complete or partial eyesight due to Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blasts. At present 56 injured were under treatment in the AFIO, of them 30 have lost their both eyes. COAS spent time with them and inquired about their wellbeing. During his visit to AFIO, COAS was given a detailed briefing on pilot project of state of the art Visual Rehabilitation Center for visually disabled soldiers which includes computer, IT laboratory, Braille, vocational and recreational facilities.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 26th, 2016.