Keen to develop good ties with India but no compromise on sovereignty: COAS General Raheel Sharif

LONDON: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif has said that Pakistan wants better relations with India but no compromise would be made on dignity and sovereignty.

Speaking at a reception held for him at Pakistan High Commission in London Wednesday, he said that Pakistan’s armed forces will root out the menace of terrorism from the country and will not leave operation Zarb-e-Azb incomplete.

He said that Pakistan wishes to have improved ties with India including all other neighbouring countries but no compromise will be made on dignity and sovereignty.

Army Chief stated that more than 10,000 intelligence operations were conducted in the country in which terrorists and their accomplices were targeted.

General Raheel Sharif said Pakistan has also made all out efforts to build and maintain friendly ties with its another neighbour Afghanistan.

On the law and order situation, General Raheel Sharif pointed out that some time back there prevailed a sense of hopelessness across the country but ‘we restored peace in all parts of the country including Karachi’. The Army Chief said there is a marked decline in the number of terrorist acts in the country, as earlier, around 250 such incidents occurred every month.
He said ‘we have played a significant role towards restoring stability in the country.’

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, Lord Nazir, MP Khalid Mehmood, Labour Party MP Gerald Kaufman and many other parliamentarians attended the reception given in the honour of Army Chief.

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