Nation has full trust in armed forces: COAS


PESHAWAR: Vowing to come up to the expectations of the nation, Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif on Tuesday paid tributes to the soldiers of the Frontier Corps (FC) for their sacrifices in Operation Zarb-e-Azb.


“The FC troops are writing new chapters of bravery, steadfastness and sacrifices in the fight against terrorism,” the army chief told the soldiers during his visit to the headquarters of the FC at Bala Hissar here.


Inspector General Frontier Corps (IGFC) briefed the army chief on the operational preparedness of the force, progress of the ongoing operations and the FC’s capacity building, said a press release of the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).


The COAS said the indomitable courage of the army and the FC soldiers had been the bedrock of Operation Zarb-e-Azb. He added the nation had trust in its armed forces, keeps them in high esteem and acknowledges their sacrifices in the line of duty.


“We are proud to be custodians of this unflinching faith of our nation and will always come up to their expectations,” he added.


The army chief also reviewed new manpower and equipment induction plan to build the FC’s capacity and directed to ensure merit in selection and best training standards to remain an effective and credible institution.


The COAS also paid glowing tributes to the policemen and other security agencies, who courageously braved the onslaught of terror and rendered supreme sacrifices along with other security forces in the fight against terrorism.


He commended the integrated response by all security forces to bring a noticeable improvement in the security situation and directed them to remain vigilant to defeat terrorist attempts to launch any attack across the country.


The COAS also stressed the need to work more for coordination and better border management on both sides of the Pak-Afghan border as a pre-requisite for long-term peace and stability in the region.

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