ISLAMABAD - Army Chief General Raheel Sharif, who is on a 3-day visit to South Africa, said that Pakistan has successfully dislodged terrorists from their established sanctuaries due to the ongoing Zarb-e-Azb operation.

He said Pakistan has rendered unparalleled sacrifices for regional peace. With unprecedented successes in our operations against terrorism, Pakistan Army stands tall as one of the most trained and battle hardened Army. He said Pakistan is the most resilient nation and having suffered through so much of terrorism, is on the rise. Ours is collective national victory of a nation so resolute and determined to root out terrorism form our region.

General Raheel Sharif, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) arrived in South Africa on Monday on a 3-day official visit.

Earlier, the COAS visited South African Army Headquarters where he was presented 21 gun salutes. He was also presented guard of honour by a smartly turned out contingent of South African Army.

General Raheel Sharif called on Lieutenant General V. R. Masondo, Chief of South African Army at the Army HQs. During the meeting matters of mutual interest and bilateral defence ties came under discussion.

The South African Army chief lauded the professional prowess and sacrifices of Pakistan Army in successfully fighting against terrorism and showed keenness in bolstering mutually beneficial defence ties between both the friendly countries. General Raheel Sharif was also given detailed briefing on operational and training matters of South African Army.

Later COAS called on Gen Solly Zacharia Shoke, Chief of South African National Defence Forces (SANDF).Matters of professional interest were discussed during the meeting.

Later, the army chief also visited defence production facilities of South Africa to see possibilities of enhancing defence collaboration and training exchanges between both the countries.