Pakistan more stable than before, says Army chief at First PACES Championship

LAHORE: Chief of Army Staff Gen Raheel Sharif on Sunday said that Pakistan is more stable than before and Zarb-e-Azb brought stability to Pakistan and the region.

The Army Chief was addressing the First International PACES Championship’s ending ceremony at Lahore.

“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. Today, Pakistan stands more integrated with rest of the world than ever before with such events as a fine example,” he said.

In his speech, the COAS said that the challenges in PACES are designed according to the challenges of modern warfare.

The Army chief congratulated all the participants and those who excelled in various events.

“Our success against terrorism owes immensely to the physical strength and mental robustness of our officers & men. This, coupled with sincerity of purpose and clear direction contributed heavily towards fortifying their will and morale during intense and demanding operations,” he said.

“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. Having overcome the heartless enemy, we are set to march forward on the road to progress,” he added.

Gen Raheel Sharif said that he hoped the participants enjoyed the country’s beauty and hospitality of locals during their stay.

The Army Chief also lauded the efforts of the organisers. At the occasion, he also distributed prizes among the winners.

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