COAS ties Pakistan prosperity to security

May 21, 2015

COAS ties Pakistan prosperity to security

QUETTA: Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif says Pakistan’s prosperity hinges upon its security, Samaa reported.

“Only a protected Pakistan can be a prosperous Pakistan,” the COAS said during his visit to Command and Staff College Quetta.

Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) quoted the top military commander as saying the threats the country was facing were 'multifarious' and ’inconspicuous.'

“These threats have many faces and their sources are obscure,” said he.

Gen Sharif, while talking to the officers, doubly stressed on turning up the heat on the terrorists across-the-board.

“The ongoing surge in terrorism needs more than conventional retaliation as it's not enough,” the general said.

COAS also added the military operations launched with the support of political government so far were close to achieving their targets.

“Army alone cannot fight wars. The support of nation is also equally important,”the COAS said.

After tribal borderlands, operations were carried out in the urban areas, the army chief added.

“After Operation Zarb-e-Azb, country's major military offensive against Taliban insurgents in the deep north, the troops took aim for the terrorists holed up in the cities,” he said.

Earlier, General Sharif arrived in Quetta to address a ceremony Command and Staff College.

Commander Southern Command Lieutenant General Nasir Khan Janjua warmly welcomed him at the airport.

Meanwhile, air strikes killed at least 15 suspected militants in northwestern Shawal Valley on Thursday, intelligence officials said, a week after security forces moved in on Taliban strongholds there.

The deeply forested ravines of the valley are a key smuggling route between Pakistan and Afghanistan, and are dotted with Taliban bases used as launch pads for attacks on Pakistani forces.

In the latest air strikes, a local security commander and two intelligence officials said that 15 or 16 suspected militants were killed in the Datta Khel area of North Waziristan.–SAMAA/Agencies