ISLAMABAD - Army Chief General Raheel Sharif on Sunday said that Pakistan is more stable and stronger today and stands more integrated with rest of the world than ever before.

General Raheel Sharif said that the Operation Zarb-e-Azb has played a vital role in the elimination of terrorism from the country.

He was addressing the concluding ceremony of International Paces Championship games in Lahore. Terming the operation Zarb-e-Azb a big example of peace for the entire world, the army chief said the operation has resulted in restoring peace and stability not only in the country but also in the region.

He said that Pakistan Army is trained to constantly uphold its soldierly attributes of courage, character the competence to fulfil the trust reposed by the nation.

According to ISPR, the army chief said that the operation Zarb-e-Azb is an example of war for peace which is bringing stability and prosperity to Pakistan and the region.

 “Today, our brave men can tell the world with pride that by eliminating terrorist networks from the far reaches of Pak-Afghan border, an environment of peace and prosperity is flourishing. Having overcome the heartless enemy, we are set to march forward on the road to progress”, ISPR quoted the COAS as saying.

“Today, Pakistan stands more integrated with rest of the world than ever before with such events as a fine example,” the army chief said and added this landmark event has brought together participants from 18 leading armies of the world. The army chief extended his gratitude to players, who participated in games.