Pakistan’s military has successfully dislodged terrorists from their established sanctuaries in the country’s tribal areas and will continue to crack down against them until they are completely eliminated, army chief General Raheel Sharif told South African military and defence officials on Tuesday.
He made these remarks in separate talks delivered to the alumni of the South African National Defence College and at the Institute of Security Studies (ISS Africa) in Pretoria. The army chief, who is in South Africa for an official visit, in his talks focused on the security situation in South Asia and Pakistan’s contributions in the war against terrorism.
Highlighting the army’s successes in Operation Zarb-e-Azb, Gen Raheel pointed out that Pakistan has rendered ‘unparalleled sacrifices’ for peace in the region. “With unprecedented successes in our operations against terrorism, Pakistan Army stands tall as one of the most trained and battle-hardened armies [in the world],” he told South African military and defence officials.
The army chief added that Pakistan is a most resilient nation which, after suffering through so many terrorist incidents, in now on the rise. “Ours is collective national victory of a nation so resolute and determined to root out terrorism from our region.”
Published in The Express Tribune, July 8th, 2015.