GWADAR: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif on Tuesday said China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) was indeed a corridor of peace and prosperity not only for the people of Pakistan and China but also for the region and beyond.
“The corridor is the grand manifestation of the deep-rooted ties between Pakistan and China,” he said while addressing a seminar titled Development of Balochistan and Economic Corridor in Gwadar on.
Raheel Sharif said having passed through tough fight against terrorism Pakistan has now come a long way in the struggle for stability and development.
He said operation Zarb-e-Azb was aimed at breaking the syndicate of terrorism, extremism and corruption.
“I take pride in mentioning the strong resolve and sacrifices offered by the people, Intelligence and Law Enforcement Agencies, and our gallant armed forces. Ladies and Gentlemen, Op Zarb-e-Azb is not only an operation but a wholesome concept.
“It ultimately aims at breaking the syndicate of terrorism, extremism and corruption. I urge the international community to not only acknowledge our successes and sacrifices, but also come forward in blocking external help to these terrorist organizations and their facilitators, abettors and financiers,” he said.
The COAS said with relative stability achieved, environment was now set for launching of development prong.
Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Sanaullah Zehri said no hurdles in the way of peace and prosperity of the province will be tolerated.
He said the provincial government and Pakistan Army were jointly working to eliminate terrorism.