GWADAR: General Raheel Sharif, Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Tuesday said the security agencies would leave no stone unturned for security of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), Samaa reported.
“As chief of army staff, I assure you security of CPEC is our national undertaking. We will continue close watch at every step,” DG ISPR Lt-Gen Asim Bajwa quoted Gen Sharif as saying.
He was addressing a seminar on peace and prosperity in Balochistan and CPEC during his visit to Gwadar.
He termed CPEC as a project of peace and prosperity for the entire region. “CPEC is a grand manifestation of deep rooted ties between China and Pakistan,”
“Having passed through tough fight against terrorism, we have come a long way in our struggle for stability and development,” he said.
Highlighting the importance of Operation Zarb-e-Azb in tribal region, the COAS said that the military offensive was not only an operation but also a wholesome concept aimed at breaking the syndicate of terrorism, extremism and corruption.
Gen Sharif urged the international community to not only acknowledge the country’s successes and sacrifices, but also come forward and block external help to terrorist organizations, facilitators, abettors and their financiers.
He said that transparency and good management is important for sustainability of the CPEC.
He said that wide appreciations from world powers for CPEC’s potential also raised many eyebrows by those competing for influence in region.
“Hostile intelligence agencies averse to this grand project, especially Indian RAW is blatantly involved in destabilising Pakistan,” Gen Sharif said.
“We will not allow anyone to create impediments and turbulence in any part of Pakistan. Hence, important for all to leave behind confrontation and focus on cooperation,” he added.
He said that army engineers are involved in unprecedented development of communication infrastructure in the province. –Samaa