Pakistan has no option but to succeed against terrorism: COAS


ISLAMABAD, June 1 (APP): Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif on Wednesday said Pakistan had no option but to succeed against terrorism.

The consistency in successes gained against the terrorism
would be maintained at all costs and terrorists would never be allowed to re-settle in cleared tribal areas, he said while talking to the media after the President’s Address to the joint sitting of the Parliament here.

The COAS said the year 2016 was a year of annihilation of
terrorists as the country had no option but to succeed in the
ongoing war against terrorism. The entire nation was united for the integrity and prosperity of the motherland, he added.
He said the operation Zarb-e-Azb was progressing successfully and terror incidents were receding persistently. “Insha Allah, we are making efforts that no incident of terror should occur in the years to come.”

Drone attacks, he said, were against the country’s integrity.
Such attacks compromised the country’s sovereignty, he added.

Answering a question, he said the issue of purchase of F-16s
was being looked into.

China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), he vowed, would be completed at all costs.

He said the rehabilitation and rebuilding process was
continuing at a rapid rate in North and South Waziristan agencies.

The process of reforms should continue in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) under a comprehensive system, he added.

Regarding law and order in Balochistan, he said the situation
in the province was improving fast.

President Mamnoon Hussain, he said, had apprised him that
a cadet college was being established in Gwadar.
He said Baloch students were given admission in Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) so that they could be part of the national mainstream. Many of those students had come to Punjab for the first time
to study at the LUMS, he added.

Parliamentary leader of FATA in the National Assembly Shah G Gul Afridi, who was also present on the occasion, said reforms were continuing in the tribal areas.