CPEC to be protected at all costs: COAS

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Aware of enemy hostilities towards project

Staff Reporter

Rawalpindi—Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif on Thursday stated the Pakistan Army was aware of all hostility being perpetrated against the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.
General Raheel was addressing a day long Formation Commanders’ Conference held at General Headquarters on Thursday.
He added the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project will transform the lives of people of Pakistan. “We are ready to pay any price to turn this long cherished dream into reality,” said the COAS.
The Inter-Services Public Relations added the participants were given a comprehensive briefing on the prevailing internal and external security situation of the country. Participants also held exhaustive discussion on professional matters.
“The Pakistani nation has been a victim of terrorism for over a decade and has sacrificed a lot, but we have turned the tide primarily due to the resilience displayed by the whole nation and professionalism of our armed forces.”
The country’s top general added the Pakistan Army will always fulfill the expectations of the Pakistani nation.
The COAS also emphasised on the quality and speed of rehabilitation and resettlement work in FATA for the TDPs timely return.
The latest statement by the country’s top general comes at a time when the government has aired confessions of captured Indian and Afghan spies.
The CPEC is a 3,000-kilometer network of roads, railways and pipelines to transport oil and gas from Gwadar Port to Kashgar city, northwestern China’s Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region.
Proposed by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang during his visit to Pakistan in May 2013, the CPEC will act as a bridge for the new Maritime Silk Route that envisages linking three billion people in Asia, Africa and Europe.
An official agreement on the corridor was signed between the two countries in May this year during President Xi Jinping’s historic visit to Pakistan.

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