LAHORE: Terming Zarb-i-Azb an example of war for peace, Chief of Army Staff Gen Raheel Sharif said on Sunday that the successful military operation brought stability and prosperity to the country as well as the region.
“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 is flourishing,” he said, adding: “Having overcome the heartless enemy, we are set to march forward on the road to progress.”
The army chief was speaking as the chief guest at the concluding ceremony of the first international Physical Agility and Combat Efficiency System (PACES) Competition.
Gen Raheel said that the landmark event had brought together participants from 18 leading armies of the world.
He said that the event was an opportunity to promote cooperation and brotherhood.
“Today Pakistan stands more integrated with the rest of the world than ever before.”
He said that the physical agility and combat efficiency system of the Pakistan Army had proven its effectiveness during the recent fight against terrorism during which the soldiers confronted with aplomb “insurmountable challenges” that called for extreme endurance and constant vigilance.
“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,” he told the audience.
He said that the Pakistan Army was trained to constantly uphold its soldierly attributes of courage, character and competence to fulfil the trust reposed by the nation.
The army chief congratulated all participants and hoped that their experience would enhance their passion for battle worthiness.
“I have always believed that it is the disposition of the soldier that determines the outcome of the battle.”
The army chief said that the PACES was designed to demand and generate a high level of combat efficiency, which was essential for the challenges of modern warfare.
He said that the first PACES Competition had been a great success and Pakistan would hold more such events in future.
“I am sure that we will see even larger and more diverse participation,” he said.