RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif on Friday visited National Defence University, and addressed participants with focus on professional matters, internal and external security situation and his vision of an enduring peace within Pakistan and the region.
Addressing the course participants, he emphasised Pakistan’s resolve and determination to confront global phenomenon of terrorism and extremism and cleanse Pakistan of this menace. During Zarb-e-Azb military operation, Pakistanis had emerged as the most resilient nation of the world, he said.
Dilating upon the progress in concluding phase of kinetic prong of the Zarb-e-Azb, he explained how they had transited from hard core kinetic military operations to intelligence-based operations and now combing operations. He said that defeated terrorists and their sympathisers inland and abroad were now frustrated and going for softer targets.
“Remaining steadfast and with an enhanced awareness and participation, we as a nation must pursue the national objective of zero presence of terrorists and total peace at any cost,” he said. “The contours of future war are fast changing,” he said.
“While our enemies are stoking terrorism to demoralise us and destabilize our country, we are united, fully determined and capable of defeating their nefarious designs. Pakistan is opposed to using proxies against other countries and will also not allow any other country to use proxies against Pakistan,” he said.
Earlier on arrival at the university, the army chief was received by NDU President Lieutenant General Nazir Ahmed Butt.