Pakistan more integrated than ever before: COAS

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PACES to promote coop, brotherhood among countries

staff reporter

Lahore—The Army Chief, Gen Raheel Sharif, said on Sunday that Pakistan was more stable and stronger today as compared to the past. He said this while addressing the concluding ceremony of first International PACES Championship here at the Fortress Stadium. Gen Raheel Sharif said that Pakistan and the region have seen more stability due to Zarb-e-Azb operation in the country.
The Army Chief , who was the chief guest at the concluding ceremony, said that relations between all countries of the world would become more consolidated due to holding the games.
“This landmark event has brought together participants from 18 leading armies of the world. As a unique competition of its kind, the occasion is an opportunity to promote mutual cooperation and brotherhood”, Gen Raheel said.
“Today, Pakistan stands more integrated with rest of the world than ever before with such events as a fine example”, he added.
“As the participants must have experienced, PACES is designed to demand and generate a high level of combat efficiency which is essential for the challenges of modern warfare. It is heartening to find that all competitors displayed a very high standard of sportsmanship, physical fitness, and determination to give their best, the Army Chief said.
He congratulated all the participants, especially those who have excelled in various events, and hoped that this experience will enhance their passion for battle worthiness.
Gen Raheel further said, “Physical Agility and Combat Efficiency System of Pakistan Army has proven its effectiveness during the fight against terrorism. Our troops confronted insurmountable challenges that called for extreme endurance and constant vigilance”.
Gen Raheel said that ongoing military offensive “Zarb-e-Azb” was a war to attain peace. “Zarb-e-Azb is an example of War for Peace which is bringing stability and prosperity to Pakistan and 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.
“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,” Gen Raheel said.
“Having overcome the heartless enemy, we are set to march forward on the road to progress,” he added.
Speaking about the PACES, in which 18 leading armies of the world participated, the Army Chief said that the event is an opportunity to promote mutual cooperation and brotherhood.
“This amply reflects the degree of emphasis adopted by modern armies on individual physical fitness and combat readiness of the troops in the face of evolving nature of warfare,” he said
Gen Raheel said, “More than this, I hope you have relished the environment and the excitement of competing under challenging conditions.”
“I have always believed that it is the disposition of the soldier that determines the outcome of the battle. Pakistan Army is trained to constantly uphold its soldierly attributes of Courage, Character and Competence to fulfill the trust reposed by the Nation,” he said.
Gen Raheel said, “I believe you must have enjoyed the beauty and serenity of Pakistan and the hospitality of our people. Your presence is a mark of our everlasting friendship. I earnestly hope that your stay in Pakistan has been comfortable and you will carry pleasant memories back home.”
The Army Chief said that the first International PACES competition has been a great success. “We look forward to holding such events in future as well and I am sure that we will see even larger and more diverse participation.”
On behalf of Pakistan Army, Gen Raheel extended his gratitude to the delegates for their participation and compliments to the organizers, especially IGT&E and Commander 4 Corps, for holding this international event in a praiseworthy manner.

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