RAWALPINDI: Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif said on Friday that the armed forces are fully capable of tackling both internal and external threats, a press release issued by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said.
“Let there be no doubt that Pakistan armed forces are battle hardened and fully capable to counter any internal or external threat posed to the integrity and sovereignty of our beloved country,” the COAS emphasized during his visit to Frontier Corps (FC) headquarters in Peshawar on Friday.
During his visit, the army chief interacted with troops and appreciated their spirit and high morale. He said that the entire nation acknowledged sacrifices rendered by them as part of national effort to eliminate the scourge of terrorism from Pakistan, and assured them that these sacrifices will not go waste.
Recounting security forces’ successes in various operations against terrorists, the COAS lauded the efforts and determination of all troops and LEAs who cleared affected areas, with the help of local population and support of the entire nation.
“We are fully prepared to confront any challenge in future as well,” the COAS reaffirmed.
Earlier on arrival at Peshawar, the COAS was received by Lieutenant General Khalid Rabbani, Corps Commander Peshawar and Major General Ghayur Mahmood, Inspector General Frontier Corps Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Later in the day, the army chief visited Army Strategic Force Command Headquarters in Rawalpindi where he was given detailed briefing by Commander Strategic Force Command Lt. General Obaidullah on operational and security matters.
On the occasion, the COAS reiterated that Pakistan’s nuclear programme occupies a central place in the defence of the country. He also interacted with troops and appreciated their professionalism, highest training standards and morale.