Assuring China that Pakistan would leave no stone unturned in ensuring the timely completion of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project, Army Chief General Raheel Sharif sought Beijing’s help in enhancing regional cooperation to root out the menace of extremism and terrorism in the region.
General Sharif made the remarks at the Chinese embassy in Islamabad yesterday during the commemoration ceremony of the 89th anniversary of the founding of China’s People’s Liberation Army, reports the Express Tribune.
Describing Islamabad and Beijing as partners in fight against the menace of terrorism for the common good of humanity, General Sharif said, “We seek enhanced regional cooperation to root out the menace of extremism and terrorism for enduring peace and stability in the region.”
He termed CPEC as a strategic game-changer not just for Pakistan but for the entire region.
“It is destined to bring significant improvement in the lives of hundreds of millions of people, besides further promoting mutual interdependence among regional states,” he added.
Talking about Pakistan-China ties, General Raheel said the Pakistan Army and the people of his country take pride in ‘our bonds of friendship’ with Beijing.
“Today, our mutually beneficial engagements include defence collaboration and joint production ventures. It also includes unified diplomatic front at all international platforms including United Nations, Association of South East Asian Nations, Shanghai Cooperation Organization; and the splendid China Pakistan Economic Corridor,” he added.
Pointing out the gains of military Operation Zarb-e-Azb, he said the country will continue to take action against terrorists of all hue and colour.