Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif said on Sunday that Pakistan is more stable than before and operation Zarb-e-Azb has created stability in Pakistan and the region.
“Our success against terrorism owes immensely to the physical strength and mental robustness of our officers and men. This, coupled with sincerity of purpose and clear direction contributed heavily towards fortifying their will and morale during intense and demanding operations,” said the army chief while addressing the First International PACES championship’s concluding ceremony in Lahore.
“Today, our brave men can tell the world with pride that by eliminating terrorist networks from the far reaches of Pak-Afghan border, an environment of peace and prosperity has prevailed. Having overcome the heartless enemy, we are set to march forward on the road to progress,” General Raheel said.
Speaking about the PACES championship, the army chief said, “This landmark event has brought together participants from 18 leading armies of the world. As a unique competition of its kind, the occasion is an opportunity to promote mutual cooperation and brotherhood. Today, Pakistan stands more integrated with rest of the world than ever before with such events as a fine example.”
He said that the challenges in PACES are designed according to the challenges of modern warfare.
The army chief applauded all the participants and those who excelled in various events.
Raheel Sharif said that he hoped the participants enjoyed the country’s beauty and hospitality of locals during their stay.
Later, the army chief distributed prizes among the winners. He also lauded the organisers for organsing the event in a excellent manner.