Army chief lifting nation out of despair: ex-minister


KARACHI: Chief of Army staff General Raheel Sharif is not only leading war on terror from the front but also lifting nation out of hopelessness, a business leader said in a statement on Tuesday.

The sacrifices of army and increased cooperation among spy agencies have also helped dismantle terror networks, said President Pakistan Businessmen and Intellectuals Forum (PBIF) and former provincial minister Mian Zahid Hussain.

He said that Gen. Raheel had sent a very loud and clear message by celebrating Eid on the front lines with troops in South Waziristan, which was a great gesture at a time when militants are on the run. He became first ever COAS to spend night at South Waziristan which indicates confidence of army and stability in the region which was highly volatile few years back.

Gen Raheel, Corps Commander 11th Core Gen Hadiyat, DGMO Gen Aamir, and others discounted all warnings of bad weather and flew there risking their lives. The army leaders also visited Eidat and Baka Khel areas, met locals, boosted morale of soldiers participating in Shawal operation and took critical decisions.

Pakistan is bound to rise as army leadership is defeating terrorism through series of decisive measures resulting in visible signs of improvement in security situation. He said that efforts to restore peace in Waziristan will remain counterproductive unless all the stakeholders discharge their duties seriously.