General Raheel’s statement comes hours after PM Nawaz offers four-point peace roadmap to India
Army chief General Raheel Sharif has said Pakistan wants cordial relations with India but without any compromise on its honour and sovereignty, Express News reported on Thursday.
“Pakistan wants better relations with all its neighbours, including Afghanistan and India, but it will not compromise on its honour and sovereignty,” the army chief said, while addressing a dinner hosted in his honour by the Pakistan High Commissioner to the UK, Ibne Abbas.
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General Raheel’s statement came hours after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif proposed a new peace initiative with India centred around the demilitarisation of the disputed territory of Kashmir.
Speaking at the UN General Assembly on Wednesday, PM Nawaz outlined a four-point initiative to de-escalate tensions between the two nuclear-armed countries.
Expressing his hope to uproot the menace of terrorism from the country, the General Raheel vowed to complete the military operation Zarb-e-Azb against terrorists at all costs.
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“Pakistan Army successfully conducted around 10,000 intelligence-based operations across the country, killing terrorists and their abettors,” the army chief said.
General Raheel went on to add that operation against criminals in Karachi has restored peace in the city, claiming that the Pakistan Army enjoys support of the whole nation in its war against terror.
Terming the rehabilitation of the displaced persons a huge challenge, the COAS said the IDPs are being repatriated in the northern areas.
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Further, General Raheel said the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project will not only bring economic prosperity in the region but will also open doors of foreign investment in the country. “Britain is our ally and we want good relations with it,” General Raheel said.