ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Army chief General Raheel Sharif said today that a global response is needed to eliminate terrorism which transcends geographical, religious and racial boundaries.
General Sharif was visiting the National Counter Terrorism Training Centre (NCTC) in Pabbi in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and witnessed the Pakistan-Sri Lanka-Maldives trilateral military exercise ‘Eagle Dash-I’.
The army said in a statement that the two-week exercise was focused on counter terrorism operations and sharing of field combat experience of the three nations’ armed forces.
“Terrorism is a global phenomenon and terrorists have no country, religion or sect. Hence, a coordinated global response from us all,” he said.
He claimed that Pakistan had also been a victim of terror for over a decade and had sacrificed a lot.
So far Pakistan army has conducted joint exercises with Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, China and Jordan.
He said that such exercises will consolidate special relationship between the three militaries and will help eliminate terrorism from the region.
He said that Pakistan army has also taken the initiative of providing counter terrorism training to local police personnel and other law enforcement agencies in an effort to enhance their capacity and make them capable of dealing with this menace.
Foreign military delegates from Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Maldives and South Africa also witnessed the exercise.