Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif has assured Sri Lanka that his country will always stand with Sri Lanka for greater security and prosperity, Daily Pakistan reported.
The Pakistan army chief said this at a reception hosted Sunday in Colombo for him by the Quetta Alumni association, an effective body of a large group of Sri Lankan military students trained in Pakistan.
According to a press release by the ISPR, speaking on the occasion the COAS said that relationship between Pakistan and Sri Lanka is special, and defence and security cooperation has been central to this relationship.
“We would always stand with our brothers on their way to greater security and prosperity,” said General Sharif.
Paying rich tributes to Sri Lankan armed forces for their resilience, professionalism and sacrifices in war against terrorism, the COAS said Sri Lanka has fought a long war against terrorism and its model of counter insurgency and later efforts for sustainable peace are text book case study.
He went on to say that states that suffered from internal conflict collapsed because their institutions, particularly Armed forces were unable to sustain.
“Pakistan and Sri Lanka have shown resilience in the fight against terrorism for bringing peace and stability in the region. “
Referring to the ongoing Operation Zarb-e-Azb, he said the aim of this operation is to bring enduring peace and stability in Pakistan and the region.
“With the support of our nation, we have successfully dismantled their infrastructure and created significant effects.”
“We as a nation are determined to take this surge to its logical end, whatever it may take.”
Earlier, on arrival at a reception, the COAS was received by Lieutenant General AWJC De Silva, Commander of the Sri Lanka Army.