‘Terrorists have no country, religion or sect’

WEB DESK: Chief of Army Staff (CoAS) General Raheel Sharif on Thursday said terrorism was a global phenomenon as terrorists had no country, religion or sect. He said that Pakistan had been a victim of terrorism for over a decade and scarified a lot but at the end “we have turned the tide primarily due to resilience displayed by the whole nation and professionalism of our armed forces.”

He was speaking during a visit to National Counter Terrorism Training Centre (NCTC), Pabbi, where he witnessed Pak-Sri Lanka-Maldives Trilateral Exercise “Eagle Dash-I”, according to an Inter Service Public Relations (ISPR) press release issued here. General Raheel congratulated all the participants of exercise for displaying high level of professionalism and combat skills. He underscored that such exercises would consolidate special relationship between three forces and help eliminate terrorism from the region.

“We are willing to share our experiences with the world for the benefit of humanity and as an obligation towards international peace,” he said. The Army Chief said that the Pakistan Army had also taken the initiative of providing counter terrorism training to police personnel and other law enforcement agencies (LEAs) in Pakistan in an effort to enhance their capacity and make them capable of skilfully dealing with this menace in an efficient manner.

Praising the performance and potential of the trainees, he said such training would enhance the confidence of LEAs. Military delegates from Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Maldives and South Africa also witnessed the exercise and lauded the professionalism of Pakistan Army. The two-week exercise was focused on counter-terrorism operations and sharing of field combat experience of three Armed forces.

“Owing to the successes of Operation Zarb-e-Azb, a large number of friendly countries have requested Pakistan Army to organise training for their troops in our state of the art Counter Terrorism Training Centre,” the ISPR stated. So far Pakistan Army has conducted joint exercises with Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, China and Jordan to enhance their combat efficiency. Pakistani troops have also imparted counter terrorism training to police and other law enforcement agencies of all four provinces, Gilgit Baltistan and Azad Kashmir.