ISLAMABAD - Army Chief General Raheel Sharif yesterday said that terrorism was a global phenomenon and required a coordinated global response.

Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) made these remarks during his visit to National Counter-Terrorism Training Centre (NCTC), Pabbi, KPK and witnessed Pak – Sri Lanka – Maldives Trilateral Exercise ‘Eagle Dash-I’. Two weeks-long exercise was focused on counter-terrorism operations and sharing of field combat experience of three armed forces.

Owing to successes in Operation Zarb-e-Azb, a large number of friendly countries have requested Pakistan Army to organise training for their troops in Pakistan’s state-of-the-art Counter-Terrorism Training Centre.  Pakistan Army has already conducted joint exercises with Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, China and Jordan to enhance its combat efficiency. Pakistani troops have also imparted counter-terrorism training to police and other law enforcement agencies of all four provinces, Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Kashmir. Speaking on the occasion, the COAS congratulated all participants of exercise for displaying high level of professionalism and combat skills.

He underscored that such exercises will consolidate special relationship between three forces apart from eliminating terrorism from the region.

The army chief said that terrorism was a global phenomenon and terrorists had no country, religion or sect, hence a coordinated global response from all the countries. He said Pakistan had been a victim of terrorism for over a decade and sacrificed a lot but at the end, “We have turned the tide primarily due to resilience displayed by the whole Nation and professionalism of our armed forces.”

“We are willing to share our experiences with the world for the benefit of humanity and as an obligation towards international peace,” the army chief said.COAS said that Pakistan Army had also taken the initiative of providing counter-terrorism training to police personnel and other law enforcement agencies in Pakistan in an effort to enhance their capacity and make them capable of skill-fully dealing with this menace in an efficient manner.

Praising the performance and potential of the trainees he said, “Such training will enhance the confidence of our LEAs.” Foreign military delegates from Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Maldives and South Africa witnessed the exercise and lauded professionalism of Pakistan Army.