COAS sends stern warning to India

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If Pakistan conducted surgical strike, it would become chapter in Indian textbooks

Tariq Saeed

Peshawar—Terming the Pakistan Army as the strongest force of the world, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif on Thursday declared in clear words it was fully capable of teaching a befitting lesson to India if it ever resorted to any adventurism against Pakistan.
Addressing the tribal Jirga in Tehsil Bara of Khyber agency the Army chief who is to retire on November 29, said the India had only tried to befool the world by staging a drama of surgical strikes.
“If India ever conducts surgical strikes in Pakistan, our Army will respond in the manner that it will be remembered by the Indians generations to come,” the Army chief told charged gathering of the tribal elders, youths and officials. He conveyed to the Indian forces in a firm tone to remain in their limits and never even think of attacking Pakistan.
General Raheel confirmed he would be handing over command of the Pakistan Army to the next Chief of Army Staff on November 29. He however added that he will be in life time contact with the people of Pakistan and would continue to serve them.
The Army Chief while emphasizing that the Pakistan Army had effectively fought against terrorism and was the strongest in the world, also lauded the sacrifices of the tribal people whom he said stood firmly with Pakistan Army in eliminating the cancer of terrorism from the region.
Earlier as part of his farewell meetings the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) visited FATA and Peshawar. According to a communiqué of the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) at Wana General Raheel addressed officers and soldiers from Army and Frontier Corps. He commended them for successfully unhinging terrorists from their sanctuaries in FATA and destroying their infrastructure
“Alhamdolillah, with the support of the nation, we have completed the cycle of counter terrorism operations in such unique and comprehensive way. Our stabilization ops and resettlement phase are helping us consolidate our gains”, the Army chief said.
Later the COAS visited Khyber Agency and held a Jirga in Bara. He thanked the tribals for rendering full support to Army in cleansing their areas of terrorists, and praised them for their audacity and steadfastness. General Raheel said we have fought this menace of terrorism together over the years and it has woven us eternally in unbreakable bonds.
The COAS also laid the foundation stone of Cricket stadium at Bara, to be built by Army engineers. The stadium has been named after renowned Cricketer Shahid Afridi and is being built as part of sports infrastructure to explore talent and harness youth from FATA. Tribal elders paid their gratitude to Gen Raheel Sharif for Army’s extra efforts in ensuring dignified return and quality reconstruction in FATA.
On arrival at Wana, Lt- Gen Hidayat-ur-Rehman received the COAS and accompanied him all through his tour of FATA.