HASANABDAL: Minister for Defence Khawaja Muhammad Asif Monday said the operation Zarb-e-Azb was successfully heading towards complete elimination of terrorism from the country.
“There is no doubt that our enemy is on retreat and it has faced great loss, but we have to completely wipe it out,” he said while addressing the Annual Parents’ Day function at the Cadet College Hasan Abdal.
He said the country was passing through the history’s critical phase as it was waging a decisive war against terrorism. “Pakistan’s sacrifices and commitment in war against terrorism are unprecedented in the world,” he said.
Asif said there was no comparison of Pakistan’s armed forces in the world, which was evident from the fact that they had made remarkable achievements against terrorists during the last one and a half years. Meanwhile in the neighbouring country, 16 major forces of the world were engaged against the menace for the last 15 years, without achieving their set goals, he added.
“The resolve exhibited by the nation, leadership, armed forces, Rangers, police and other law enforcement agencies against terrorism is remarkable,” he said.
The Defence Minister said no other country could perform against terrorists like Pakistan’s armed forces, who had broken their infrastructure.
He expressed the desire to see Pakistan peaceful, strong and prosperous, saying all-out efforts were being made to achieve the task.
Asif, who is also Abdalian, shared some memories of his three-year stay in the college from 1961 to 1964 with cadets.
The Abdalians, he said, always played an exceptional role to safeguard the country’s frontiers, whether it was of Rann of Kutch, 1965 war or operation Zarb-e-Azb.
He said all the financial needs of the college would be met by the federal and Pubjab governments. Some Rs 250 million was needed to meet college’s expenditures for next two years, he added.
Principal Cadet College Hasan Abdal Major General (R) Najeeb Tariq presented the college’s annual report and performance of the cadets.
He said the college in its 63-year history had evolved and set golden standards and traditions in shaping personalities and characters of the students.