Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said on Tuesday that those who have sacrificed their lives in fight against terrorism are ‘martyrs’.

Addressing army officers at the General Headquarters in Rawalpindi, PM Sharif eulogized the services of the Pakistan Army for the country, adding that army has always remained in forefront to meet challenges whether n peace or war time.

Prime Minister said the entire nation greatly values and acknowledges the sacrifices rendered by the armed forces in saving the motherland from terrorists.

The Prime Minister said the armed forces have demonstrated their capabilities and rendered great humanitarian services during war and peace time.

The Prime Minister lauded that our forces are fully equipped with great spirit of martyrdom and patriotism and do not hesitate to render any sacrifice to protect the citizens from not only foreign aggression‚ but also the terrorists.

PM Sharif asserted that those who have sacrificed their ‘today’ for nation’s ‘tomorrow’ are ‘Ghazi or Shaheed.’

He said that being a peaceful and democratic country‚ Pakistan wants peace across the globe.

He reposed full confidence in the capabilities of the armed forces. He said that strong defence is imperative for stability of democracy.

The Prime Minister hoped that the days are not far off when Pakistan will be known as a peaceful and developed country on the world's map.

Earlier, prime minister arrived at GHQ where the army top brass briefed him over issues related to the national security.

According to sources the Prime Minister was also briefed on the engagements of the army on Western and Eastern borders of the country. He is also being briefed about the role and efforts of the army in national development and tackling natural disasters.

The army also gave its input about the prospects of peace talks with the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), particularly after Mullah Fazlullah has become its new chief, sources said.

The premier was accorded guard of honour by smartly  turned contingent of Pakistan Army on his arrival at the GHQ where he laid floral wreath on the monument of martyrs alongside outgoing army chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and offered fateha.

It was his first visit to the military headquarters after 14 years and assuming the office of Prime Minister in June this year. Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar also accompanied the Prime Minister.