ISLAMABAD - Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif yesterday vowed to foil nefarious designs of all hostile forces against China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), saying the project promises to transform the lives of people of Pakistan.

“We are aware of all hostility being perpetrated against the CPEC and we are ready to pay any price to turn this long-cherished dream into reality,” the army chief said yesterday, while chairing a formation commanders’ conference at GHQ, Rawalpindi.

The conference was attended by the corps commanders, principal staff officers and all formation commanders.

According to a statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the participants were given a comprehensive briefing on the prevailing internal and external security situation of the country. The participants also held an exhaustive discussion on professional matters.

Addressing the participants, General Raheel Sharif said despite the multiple and complicated challenges faced by Pakistan, the tide had been turned primarily due to the resilience displayed by the whole nation and professionalism of the armed forces.

“The Pakistani nation has been a victim of terrorism for over a decade and has sacrificed a lot, but we have turned the tide primarily due to the resilience displayed by the whole nation and professionalism of our armed forces,” the army chief said.

Acknowledging the contributions made by officers and soldiers towards making the operation Zarb-e-Azb a success and now successfully transiting into final phases, he said Pakistan Army would always come up to the expectations of the entire nation.

Expressing satisfaction over the pace of return of TDPs, the army chief paid tributes to valiant tribesmen for their unwavering support in the war on terrorism and underlined the need for the quality and speed of rehabilitation and resettlement work in Fata for their dignified and timely return.

The army chief’s statement comes after Pakistan recently captured Indian and Afghan spies who also followed India’s efforts.

Pakistan Army has set up a special security division comprising 13,000 strong personnel to secure multibillion-dollar CPEC project.

The CPEC is a 3,000-km network of roads, railways and pipelines to transport oil and gas from Gwadar Port to Kashgar, north-western China’s Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region. Proposed by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang during his visit to Pakistan in May 2013, the CPEC will act as a bridge for the new Maritime Silk Route that envisages linking three billion people in Asia, Africa and Europe.