Peace in Pakistan result of countless sacrifices by people, army: Gen Raheel

Published: July 31, 2016
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Chief of Army staff General Raheel Sharif (R) giving away a trophy to a participant of Shandur Polo Festival in Chitral, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa on Sunday July 31, 2016. PHOTO: ISPR

Chief of Army staff General Raheel Sharif (R) giving away a trophy to a participant of Shandur Polo Festival in Chitral, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa on Sunday July 31, 2016. PHOTO: ISPR

Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif has said peace in the country was the outcome of countless sacrifices of the people and Pakistan Army.

“Your attendance in great numbers in the festival is laudable and depictive of a resilient nation,” a statement issued by the military’s media wing, ISPR, quoted General Raheel as saying during the Shandur Polo Festival in Chitral district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P).

The thrilling polo festival, which dates back to 1936, is not only enjoyed by locals, but also inland and foreign visitors.

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“The Shandur Festival is not only a good omen for the growth of national and international tourism in the country but it is also a clear indication for terrorists that the Pakistani nation will continue its traditions alive without any fear,” the army chief said in his address to participants of the annual festival.

The COAS said the ongoing military operation Zarb-e-Azb will continue across the country for the lasting peace and stability.

“The success of this operation, however, depends on the nation’s support and the leading role of the country’s youth.”

General Raheel reiterated terrorists and their facilitators are being chased out across the country and Pakistan will soon be recognised for its better education facilities, peace and progress in the world.

The army chief also lauded the role of different institutions of the Pakistan Army and local government for facilitating the people of G-B and Chitral by providing rescue and relief activities in the region in wake of natural disasters.

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The festival, now a global spectacle, attracts thousands of local and foreign tourists and is traditionally played between the teams of Gilgit and Chitral from July 7 to July 9.

Though it is an annual event, it was cancelled last year due to floods that triggered infrastructural damage.

In 2014, players from G-B refused to participate due to differences with the people of Chitral over the ownership of the Shandur Pass.

In 2016, there was a possibility of conflict as well. However, the Frontier Corps made efforts to make the event possible.

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Reader Comments (11)

  • Adnan
    Jul 31, 2016 - 12:48PM

    Only sacrifices of people nothing and nobody else can take false credit.Recommend

  • Lolz
    Jul 31, 2016 - 2:31PM

    “….Shandur Polo Festival in Chitral district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P)…” “…In 2014, players from G-B refused to participate due to differences with the people of Chitral over the ownership of the Shandur Pass….” ET, could you please elucidate the above two statements? How could you make Shandur part of KP in your newspaper? Recommend

  • abood
    Jul 31, 2016 - 2:35PM

    Only the people.not the army.army helped making talibans who cane to bomb us later.Recommend

  • M.S.
    Jul 31, 2016 - 3:32PM

    Thanks for appreciating sacrifices of people. Please use one word for both and that is people. We are one people and one nation. Recommend

  • roadkashehzada
    Jul 31, 2016 - 3:59PM

    who created the monster? taliban’s creators are still our heroes and nobody is allowed to talk about them.
    but still its good that army changed its direction, though it required blood of more than 70,000 innocent. alot of opportunities ahead inshallahRecommend

  • man like ouzzy
    Jul 31, 2016 - 5:09PM

    @abood the reason your sitting confortavly at home is because of the army that savrifice their lives on a daily basis to protect us. You should know that bit im not suprised that you dont afterall what do you about sacrificing urself for other people. Its better you kept your mouth closed on a subject u know nothing about. Ps it was the us that funded the taliban not pak during the soviet war.Recommend

  • Adnan Siddiqui
    Jul 31, 2016 - 5:40PM

    Exactly where is that ‘peace’?Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Jul 31, 2016 - 6:22PM

    When General says that you are safe, it means you are safe. No argument.Recommend

  • Hameed
    Jul 31, 2016 - 7:20PM

    What peace? Pakhtuns, Baluchis and Urdu Speakers are being killed. Are they trying to give these communities peace of graveyard?Recommend

  • Karim Gilgiti
    Jul 31, 2016 - 9:23PM

    Where is Miyaan Nawaz Sharif btw? hiding some where in Murree?Recommend

  • Sardar KHAN
    Jul 31, 2016 - 9:49PM

    @Adnan:
    What a silly remark.Armed forces of Pakistan are also people.But being a fake indian troll,will not understand the love of people of Pakistan for their love for army.Recommend

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