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
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
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.