RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif Wednesday visited Armed Forces Institute of Ophthalmology (AFIO) and met wounded warriors of Operation Zarb-e-Azb .
According to Inter Services Public Relations, General Raheel interacted with the war heroes, paid richest of tributes to them on their sacrifice and valour and said: “We never give up and never quit”.
Till date a total 179 soldiers have lost their complete or partial eyesight due to IED blasts. At present 56 valiant sons of soil are undergoing treatment in the Armed Forces Institute of Ophthalmology, 30 out of them have lost their both eyes. The COAS spent time with them and inquired their well being.
During his visit to AFIO, the army chief was given a detailed briefing on pilot project of state of the art Visual Rehabilitation Center for visually disabled soldiers, which includes computer / IT Lab, Braille, vocational and recreational facilities.
General Raheel was briefed that all efforts are being made to retrieve eye sight of few injured soldiers who are in curable zone. He instructed all concerned to leave no stone unturned to provide best medical treatment to these national heroes who have sacrificed their eyesight to help realize Quaid’s vision of Pakistan.
The COAS appreciated the standard of treatment and medical care being extended by dedicated team of doctors and paramedical staff at (AFIO).
Earlier on arrival, General Raheel was received by Adjutant General Lieutenant General Anwar Ali Hyder, and Lieutenant General Syed Muhammad Imran Majeed, Surgon General Pakistan army. –Samaa