RAWALPINDI:(APS)October 20, 2015-General Raheel Sharif Chief of Army Staff (COAS) visited Headquarters Frontier Corps FC KPK at Balahassar Peshawar today. He was briefed by IG FC about operational preparedness of the force, progress of ongoing operations and FC’s capacity building.
COAS while informally talking to officers and men paid rich tribute to the valor, sacrifices and achievements of FC KPK in operation zarb-e-azb. He said, playing a pivotal and praise worthy role in fight against terrorism, FC is fighting hand in glove with army troops in FATA and KPK and FC troops are writing new chapters of bravery, stead fastness and sacrifices. The indomitable courage of army and FC soldiers has been the bedrock of Operation Zarb-e-Azb. He said, Pakistani nation has unshakable trust in its armed forces, keeps them in very high esteem and acknowledges their sacrifices in the line of duty. We are proud to be custodian of this unflinching faith of our nation, and will always come up to their expectations.
COAS also reviewed new manpower and equipment induction plan to build FC’s capacity and directed to ensure merit in selection, and best training standards to remain an effective and credible institution. COAS also paid glowing tributes to the police officials and other security agencies who have courageously braved the onslaught of terror and rendered supreme sacrifices alogngwith other security forces in fight against terrorism. He commended an integrated response by all security forces to bring a noticeable improvement in the security situation however he directed them to remain ever vigilant to defeat terrorist attempts to launch any attack across the country in future also. COAS also stressed the need to work more for close coordination and better border management on both sides of Pak – Afghan border as a pre-requisite for long term peace and stability in the region.