RAWALPINDI, Nov 29 (APP): Outgoing Chief of Army Staff (COAS)
General Raheel Sharif Tuesday warned India not to take Pakistan’s restraint policy as it’s weakness, saying that such understanding would be dangerous for India.
“Unfortunately, in recent months, increasing state terrorism in
occupied Kashmir, and India’s aggressive steps have put the region’s peace in danger,” he said while addressing the Change of Command ceremony here.
He said it was the fact that lasting peace in the South Asian region
could not be achieved without resolving the Kashmir issue.
He urged the international community to give special attention towards
the issue for its peaceful resolution.
General Raheel said that Pakistan army was fully capablbe to prevent all kind of threats whether they were external or internal.
General Raheel Sharif said security situation in the region was complicated and challenges confronted by Pakistan had not ended yet.
He said it was must for consolidating the achievements made in the recent years on various fronts that sacrifices rendered by martyrs always be remembered.
He said it was need of the hour that the whole nation and institutions
should be well aware of the situation with complete concentration on it.
The outgoing COAS underlined the need for overcoming internal defencencies by uprooting ‘criminality, corruption and extremism’ to effectively tackle external threats.
“For which, implementing on the National Action Plan in its spirit is
a must,” he added.
He said Pakistan’s journey towards achieving complete peace was progressing step by step, adding “We have achieved stability gradually.”
General Raheel Sharif assured the nation that now our ultimate destination was not far away, saying that Pakistan army would remain engaged till complete prevention of threats whether they were internal or external.
He thanked Pakistan Air Force, Pakistan Navy, Rangers, FC and intelligence agencies for extending complete support in achieving success on various fronts.
Terming the exemplary coordination and cooperation among the armed forces a ‘precious asset,’ he said “I am proud of it.”
General Raheel Sharif said Pakistan Army was the strongest ‘defence
force’ against those having nefarious designs against the motherland.
He said the Armed Forces fought against the menace of terrorism successfully and gave the nation a ray of hope for peace.
He said whether it was operation for establishing peace in Balochistan and Karachi, Operation Zarb-e-Azb or China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), there were clear fruits of achievements in every field.
Terming the CPEC a ‘guarantee’ for regional peace and prosperity, he said the project would promote bilateral cooperation in economic sector
among Pakistan, China, Central Asian states and other countries.
He said departure of first trade cargo from Gwadar had proven that no one could dare to stop the journey to progress, adding that it was time for those, whom he called ‘enemies of CPEC,’ to shun their ‘efforts’ and participate in it for getting fruits of CPEC.
He thanked federal and provincial governments and political leadership for extending cooperation in efforts of Pakistan Army for achieving successes in all fields.
The outgoing COAS expressed satisfaction that during his three-year
tenure Pakistan Army enjoyed complete confidence of the public in its all
endeavours. He also appreciated media for playing positive role in evolving national consensus.
He said, being COAS, he always gave top priority to national interests
and utilized all available resources for achieving objectives.
General Raheel highlighted the role of youth and urged then to play
their due role in national development and prosperity.
He said he believed in strengthening and supremacy of institutions.
The general said he always tried that all institutions worked in collaboration with each other for national security and prosperity.
He said new COAS General Qamar Javed Bajwa was a thorough professional and under his able leadership Pakistan Army would come up to expectations of the nation.