LAHORE - Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif has said that future generations of Pakistan will get a terrorism-free Pakistan and the army will rid the country of the menace of terrorism.

Addressing the third convocation of Combined Military Hospital (CMH) Lahore Medical College here on Saturday, he said “We have to collectively put efforts to give our next generation a terror-free country, to provide them conducive environment, to help them apply their knowledge and creativity to achieve optimum effects for national growth.”

Gen Raheel said Pakistan army had a critical role in securing the borders of the country and the internal progress of Pakistan.

“We are taking menace of terrorism head on and will go anywhere in the country to eliminate it in totality,” army chief pledged.

Gen Raheel said Pakistan Army, besides performing its role as custodian of national frontiers, had always been a frontrunner in terms of its contribution to national development.

He said the entrenched role of Army Medical Corps in the forefronts of serious disasters, calamities and military operations against evil of terrorism and extremism had been highly impressive. The COAS said that physical, mental and social health was a prelude to a strong nation and provision of professional health services to the common man must be everyone’s priority. He said that extensive and continuous research was a national need without which no institution could achieve excellence. He emphasised the need to have greater faith in the young generation as the future belonged to them. Later, the COAS awarded degrees and medals to the passing-out students.