Space for terrorists has been squeezed in the country: COAS

Space for terrorists has been squeezed in the country: COAS

RAWALPINDI, July 31 (APP): Chief of Army Staff General

Raheel Sharif on Sunday reiterated that space for terrorists

and abettors has squeezed.


"Inshallah", the day is not far when our beloved homeland

will be an icon of peace and seat of learning among the comity

of nations, he said while addressing Shundur Festival in Chitral.


He said operation Zar-e-Azb, backed by the entire nation,

is an endeavour towards achieving lasting peace and the voyage

would continue with determination and zeal in the entire country

till achievement of the goal.


Terming holding of the festival a happy augury for the

promotion of tourism at local as well as international level,

the COAS said "rather it's a message to the terrorists that we

continue to carry forward our traditions with all courage and



He said this "colorful function is an omen to our country's

bright future and evident that we are heading to achieving

prosperity and advancement."


"Today, we are breathing in a free environment and this is

only because of the countless sacrifices rendered by the people

and armed forces of the country."


Referring to the hardships being faced by the people of

Chitral and Gilgit-Baltistan, the COAS said he was cognizant

of the situation. Frequent occurrence of natural calamities

adds lot to the miseries of the local people.


During all such trying times, he said its a known fact that

Pakistan Army, and Frontier Corps with the help of medical

practitioners extend helping hands to the local populace.


During recent floods, he said Helicopters of Pakistan Army

had shifted the injured and marooned people to safer places

besides establishing a number of relief camps to help mitigate

their sufferings.


The FWO undertook repair work at about 50 points restoring

vehicular traffic by rehabilitating important road links.

He made mention about the contributions by the Special

Telecommunication Organization (SCO) for providing uninterrupted

telecom facilities.


He appreciated various organizations including Local

Government Department for providing relief, rescue and

rehabilitation services at the time of natural calamities

in the area.


He said Armed Forces of the country will always be in the

forefront to render sacrifices, may it be any natural calamity

or defence of the motherland.


He felicitated the participating teams of Polo competition,

organizers, Headquarters 11 Corps, Frontier Corps, Chitral

Scouts, Civil Administration, Tourism Corporation, and other

Law Enforcement Agencies for sucessful holding of the festival.


He applauded the spirit of the people especially the youth

who enthusiastically participated in the festival to make

the event a complete success.